Citadel museum exhibit honors former college president
A special exhibit in The Citadel Museum honors Lt. Gen. Claudius E. Watts, III, the 17th president of The Military College of South Carolina.
The exhibit of photographs showcases Watts’ cadet years from 1954 to 1958, his military career through 1989 and his Citadel presidency from 1989 to 1996.
A native of Bennettsville, S.C., Watt, 74, graduated from The Citadel with a degree in political science and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. Following graduation, he attended the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Fulbright Scholar.
Watts' Air Force career spanned 31 years. He served in numerous flying positions, amassing more than 7,000 flying hours and commanded various units up to wing level. He also held numerous and increasingly responsible staff positions, culminating as comptroller of the Air Force, from which he retired in September 1989.
Watts was named the 17th president of The Citadel in June 1989 and served during until retired from the college in August 1996.
The Citadel Museum, located on the third floor of the Daniel Library, is open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The museum entrance is on the south side of the Daniel Library, opposite the Guard House at the Moultrie Street entrance to campus.