Citadel president to step down after next school year

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa
Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa

After 12 years in charge of South Carolina’s military college, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa will step down next summer as president of The Citadel next summer.

Rosa, a 1973 Citadel graduate, came to the Charleston school in 2006 after a stint as superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“It has been my honor to serve my alma mater and a privilege for Donna and me to see our young men and women go forth putting service above self in the military, private enterprise, public institutions and in the pursuit of advanced degrees,” Rosa said, announcing his retirement.

During six of Rosa’s 12 years leading The Citadel, the college was named the top public college in the South by U.S. News and World Report.

Under Rosa, the college also saw two of the largest capital campaigns in its history, raising more than $300 million in private money and pledges. He also oversaw several updates and expansions to the campus, including the opening of the Zucker Family School of Education and new academic offerings at the The Citadel Graduate College.

The Citadel’s student body also grew to its largest ever size under Rosa, reaching 2,435 cadets.

Rosa, the 19th president in The Citadel’s 175-year history, will step down June 30, 2018.