Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa receives Chief Executive Leadership Award
The President of The Citadel, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, USAF (ret.), accepts Chief Executive Leadership Award at CASE conference in February, 2017.
News release from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Citadel President Lieutenant General John W. Rosa has been selected to receive the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III, which represents nine Southeastern states.
The award will be presented during the CASE District III Conference on Feb. 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rosa received the award because of his keen focus on strategic initiatives that will enhance The Citadel's mission of developing principled leaders. A key emphasis for Rosa has been keeping a Citadel education relevant in the 21st century while holding to the values that make the college unique. Since Rosa’s tenure as president began, The Citadel has increased the size of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and completed a $100 million capital campaign -- two benchmarks of a vibrant institution.
“President Rosa exemplifies the finest qualities of leadership – inspiring with vision and encouraging innovation, leading the institution to higher levels of success, and supporting all aspects of institutional advancement – that CASE III is proud to recognize through its Chief Executive Leadership Award” said CASE III Board Chair, Kris Phillips. “He has led The Citadel with distinction for more than 10 years, challenging the entire campus community to address some difficult issues all while championing and building institutional morale and pride” continued Phillips.
Before returning to his alma mater in 2005, Rosa had a 32-year career in the Air Force and logged more than 3,600 flying hours as a command fighter pilot. Among his career highlights, he was stationed in Lossiemouth, Scotland, as an American exchange officer flying the Jaguar for the Royal Air Force. He has commanded at squadron, group and wing levels at air bases in South Korea, Idaho, South Carolina, New Mexico and Georgia. He served as inspector general for Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii and commandant of The Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. As deputy director for operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., he was in charge of the National Military Command Center and served as the military spokesman for the Pentagon when U.S. troops were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002. In July 2003, he was named superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in September of that year, he was promoted to lieutenant general. He remained in that position until his retirement from active duty in November 2005.
Rosa is a member of the board of directors of The Citadel Foundation, Trident United Way, and Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative Board. He is an ex officio member of The Citadel School of Business Advisory Board and also serves as a member of the Economic Leadership Council of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.
Established in 1999, this prestigious award recognizes the chief executive of a District III member institution for outstanding leadership and service in support of education. It is an opportunity for CASE to applaud and promote the creative and difficult work of our top educational executives. We invite nominations of chief executives whose contributions to their campuses and communities deserve exceptional recognition and celebration.
Previous District III Chief Executive Leadership Recipients
2016 Dr. Ann McGee, president, Seminole State Community College (FL)
2015 Dr. Marshall “Sonny” White, Jr., president, Midlands Technical College (SC)
2014 Dr. Lee Gardner Royce, president, Mississippi College (MS)
2013 Dr. Michael F. Adams, president, University of Georgia (GA)
2012 Dr. Lee T. Todd, Jr., president, University of Kentucky, (KY)
2011 Dr. Jack Hawkins, president, Troy University (AL)
2010 Dr. Donald Eastman, president, Eckerd College (FL)
2009 Dr. Charles W. Steger, president, Virginia Tech University (VA)
2008 Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, president, Claflin University (SC)
2007 Dr. Scott S. Cowen, president, Tulane University (LA)
2006 Dr. James F. Barker, president, Clemson University (SC)
2005 Dr. Thomas K. Hearn, president, Wake Forest University (NC)
2004 Dr. William R. Harvey, president, Hampton University (VA)
2002 Dr. R. Kirby Godsey, president, Mercer University (GA)
2001 Dr. Anthony James Catanese, president, Florida Atlantic University (FL)
2000 Dr. Rita Bornstien, president, Rollins College (FL)
1999 Dr. Joseph Johnson, president, University of Tennessee Central Administration (TN)
CASE District III advances and supports educational and professional institutions in the southeastern United States by enhancing the effectiveness of the alumni relations, fund raising, communications, marketing and other advancement professionals who serve them.