The Citadel
Charleston, South Carolina
Sep 18, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Board of Visitors of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, invites nominations and applications for President of the College. After twelve years of distinguished service, the current President, Lt Gen John W. Rosa, USAF (Ret.), will retire 30 June 2018.  As Chief Executive Officer, the President reports directly to the Board of Visitors and has the governing authority for the administration of the College and all its activities.  The Citadel is a public college with an enrollment of 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students with an outstanding academic program, ranking consecutively as the #1 public college by U.S. News & World Report in its Carnegie category in the South for seven continuous years.  Seven vice presidents, five academic schools, and a faculty and staff of approximately 660 provide academic and operational support for the President.

Founded in 1842, The Citadel’s historic campus is located on the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina, heart of an active and attractive metropolitan area of 750,000 on the Atlantic Coast.  The Citadel is a coeducational, comprehensive, four-year institution with nationally accredited professional programs in engineering, business, and education, and operates with a budget of more than $147 million, along with endowments and a trust totaling approximately $307 million. Multiple rankings, along with the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard, repeatedly rate The Citadel as a leader in higher education with academic programs that are nationally and internationally known for excellence.

The College fulfills its educational mission through two separate but complementary academic programs: (1) the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and (2) The Citadel Graduate College.  The primary focus of The Citadel is the education and training of the Corps of Cadets, a residential body of approximately 2,300 young men and women—representing nearly every state and more than 20 countries—who live and learn in an honor-bound, structured, disciplined environment. The traditions and ceremonies of a classic military lifestyle designed to perpetuate the College’s high ideals and its emphasis on principled leadership serve to enhance the cadet academic programs.  Throughout its history, the members of the Corps of Cadets have been educated to serve their communities, their state, and the nation.  In addition to providing the traditional educational experience for the Corps, The Citadel’s educational mission includes approximately 1,500 degree-seeking, non-resident students enrolled in evening graduate and undergraduate studies, pursuing degrees in engineering, business, education, science and the humanities.  The College also recently launched sought after programs in Nursing, Intelligence and Cybersecurity.

The Citadel’s primary mission is educating and preparing graduates to become principled leaders in all walks of life by instilling in them The Citadel’s core values of honor, duty and respect in a challenging intellectual environment.  At The Citadel, ethics and leadership development form the foundation of every cadet’s education.  The cornerstone of these efforts, the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, provides a framework for modeling and developing ethical, principled leaders for the 21st Century. 

The Citadel seeks a President to build on its current success and lead the College into the future.  The President of The Citadel must be an individual of impeccable integrity with broad experience and success as a leader in his or her field, and distinguished experience in a major military or civilian leadership position.  Leadership experience in or with the delivery of education is preferred. 

The President must appreciate The Citadel’s rich traditions and possess the ability to be innovative, open-minded, and a proven strategic thinker.  The President must demonstrate a personal commitment to qualities of leadership and personal character that will inspire the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, The Citadel Graduate College, and The Citadel’s faculty and staff.  The President will lead the College’s highly successful fundraising efforts and must work and communicate effectively with The Citadel family, its constituents, the General Assembly, and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education; be a meaningful participant in the community of Charleston; and articulate a strategic and creative vision for public higher education that will sustain The Citadel’s tradition of academic excellence. 

Applications will be accepted beginning 15 September 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  The Board of Visitors anticipates naming the new President by April 2018.  Submit confidential nominations, applications, and letters of interest to: Presidential Search Committee, MSC 25, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409-0108, or via email to:

The Citadel is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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