The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Gervais Hagerty Del Porto

CGC Grad ’13

Gervais Hagerty Gervais Hagerty Del Porto is the director of The Citadel Oral Communications Lab. The lab doubles as a recording studio and a training room where she coaches Citadel students, faculty, and staff to become effective speakers. She also teaches a public speaking class and is the advisor to The Citadel’s popular public speaking club, the El Cid Toastdawgs. Prior to working at The Citadel, Ms. Del Porto wrote, reported and produced for both radio and television newscasts in the Carolinas. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from The Citadel.

What about your time at The Citadel had the most positive impact on your career or life?
It’s easy for me to think of the one person who has had the most positive impact on my career: Patricia McArver. She was the director of the Oral Communications Lab (the position I now hold). Before that, she was the first female VP at The Citadel, which is 175 years old. Despite her accolades, she is a very humble person. We first met when I applied to be her graduate assistant. Since then, she has helped me to reach and succeed at my current position. I am so thankful to have such a wise and caring mentor.

Why should young women consider attending The Citadel?
Women were only allowed to be members of the Corps 20 years ago. While this college has made a lot of progress, there is still a lot of work to do. Young women should consider attending The Citadel because there is a great opportunity to create change and make this institution even better. Will she be the first female Regimental Commander? Or will she break the mold by joining prestigious all-male Summerall Guards? Maybe later in life she’ll return to her alma mater and become our first female president. I hope more and more young women pioneers will join the ranks here and prove what we’ve long known— diverse leadership produces the best organizations.

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