"My time spent at The Citadel was the most valuable preparation for the real world I could have ever received. As with anything worth having, the hard work, dedication, drive, tears and perseverance have to come before you are able to reap the rewards." Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, author of In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel, and founder of The Mace Group and Mace & Boucher Consulting in Charleston, South Carolina.
Nancy Mace was born into a Citadel family, with her father, Brigadier General James E. Mace, having been the former Commandant of Cadets and most decorated living graduate of The Citadel, and her mother, Dr. Anne J. Mace, graduating with a MAT from the Citadel in 1972. As Nancy Mace wrote, “The sense of family at The Citadel is something I’ve known my whole life. My father is a graduate, and his love for the college is what encouraged me to follow in his footsteps.” Mace graduated with magna cum laude honors in 1999, with a BA in Business Administration.
Two years later Mace wrote In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel, chronicling her experiences as the first woman to graduate from The Citadel. Pat Conroy wrote of Mace’s book, “Nancy Mace has written a wonderful, timeless memoir of the great test to become the first female graduate of The Citadel. Her book is provocative, hilarious, illuminating and true. It is also a love letter to her college and the best book about The Citadel ever written.” Mace then graduated with a Master of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Georgia. She is the founder and president of The Mace Group, a multi-service business consulting group in Charleston. She serves as a board member at Childspring International. She has maintained a connection to higher education as a past panelist at the Annual Conference of Women in Higher Education, and participant in the Corbin Council conference on Assimilation of Women at Military Colleges. Ms. Mace remains active in The Citadel Alumni Association.