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Inauguration of Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa

The inauguration of Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, the 19th president of The Citadel, took place Friday, April 21.

Some inaugural events took place on the evening of April 20 with the formal installation ceremony on the morning of April 21.

A 1973 graduate, Lt. Gen. Rosa officially took office on January 3, 2006.

This website is a permanent archive of news leading up to the inauguration, and news from the day of the inauguration.

The inaugural speech, titled "Principled Leadership and The Citadel of Tomorrow", is now posted.

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Lt. Gen. Rosa inaugurated at 19th president of The Citadel

Change has made The Citadel a stronger institution today than any day in its 164-year history. And it is change that will propel the Military College of South Carolina into its future, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa said today.

Friday, Apr 21, 2006

Citadel chief's parents recall his Jacksonville days

When one of your kids grows up to be an Air Force general, then goes on to lead two top military colleges, sometimes you look back and try to pinpoint exactly when he started to stand out.

Friday, Apr 21, 2006

By Michael LaForgia of The Times-Union

Republished with permission

A march through Citadel history

Three historians discussed The Citadel’s history and its changes today in a panel discussion entitled “Marching Through Time: The Citadel, 1842-2006.” The discussion was a pre-inaugural event to honor Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, who will be formally installed as 19th president of the college Friday. (The complete text of each address is now posted.)

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006

General Rosa in pictures

A special exhibit in The Citadel museum features photographs of the new president’s youth, cadet years, family and career. The exhibit will be available from April 14 to May 8.

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006

Everything’s coming up Rosas

The last time John Rosa lived in Charleston, he was a cadet living in Murray Barracks. Now after 32 years and 24 moves, he and his wife have returned—this time to Quarters One.

Monday, Jan 30, 2006

Republished from the Winter 2006 issue of Alumni News

One-on-One with Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa

The Citadel's new president goes one-on-one with Post and Courier sportswriter Jeff Hartsell, talking about everything from Rosa's playing days as a quarterback to what he's reading these days.

Sunday, Jan 15, 2006

By Jeff Hartsell of The Post and Courier

Republished with permission

New Citadel president stresses high standards

Lt. Gen. John Rosa, new president of The Citadel, sought Tuesday in his first appearance before the Corps of Cadets to create a sense of urgency. He challenged cadets to hold themselves to an ethical standard higher than today’s national leadership, which has been confronted with a rash of scandals and corruption.

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006

By James T. Hammond of The State

Republished with permission

Rosa: Country needs leaders The Citadel can provide

Applauded by many for his leadership under fire and his willingness to confront problems, Rosa has now taken the reigns of The Citadel, a school whose own fiery past a decade ago has given way to smoother times marked by increased fundraising, capital improvements and climbing national rankings.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006

By James Scott of The Post and Courier

Republished with permission

Rosa takes helm at Citadel

The Citadel's 19th president arrived for his first day of work Tuesday with nary a knob around to  salute him. But everyone else was happy to see Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa take the helm. He spent most of his first day in meetings.

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2006

By Brian Hicks of The Post and Courier

Republished with permission

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