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The Citadel president to receive South Carolina's highest civilian honor

Lt. Gen. John Rosa (Source: The Citadel) Lt. Gen. John Rosa (Source: The Citadel)
Gov. Henry McMaster. (Source: Twitter) Gov. Henry McMaster. (Source: Twitter)

Gov. Henry McMaster is set to award the outgoing Citadel president with one of the state's biggest awards.

Lt. Gen. John Rosa will be given The Order of the Palmetto Saturday as part of the school's 175th-anniversary celebration which includes cadets marching to Marion Square on Saturday afternoon. 

The award is given to people for "extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance." Other recipients include Stevie Wonder and Anita Zucker. A partial list can be found here. 

A synopsis of the nomination letter sent to McMaster by the Citadel Board of Visitors can be found below:

Lt. Gen. Rosa put forth a bold plan that inspired donor generosity and new programs that would position the college for increased national prominence. The result of this ambitious effort has become evident by numerous metrics. For the past seven consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named The Citadel the number one public college in the South for institutions offering up to a master’s degree, and Money Magazine voted The Citadel the number one best value in the South for its 2015-2016 rankings.  The Citadel has consistently had one of the highest four-year graduation rates of all South Carolina colleges during his tenure.

Under Lt. Gen. Rosa’s strategic plan, leader development training has evolved into a curriculum that is overseen by the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. The Krause Center hosts Leadership Day, a day devoted entirely to service learning and ethics training. At the 10th Annual Leadership Day, cadets and graduate and evening undergraduate students contributed more than 12,000 volunteer hours in the community in a single day, resulting in an estimated economic impact of more than $115,000, benefiting Lowcountry schools and nonprofit organizations. For its deep commitment to community service and civic engagement, The Citadel was recognized as one of the most civic-minded colleges in America with Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. Only about 2 percent of colleges in the nation have earned this distinction

Rosa is retiring as Citadel president on June 1 after he was named to the post in 2006. The Citadel has narrowed its list of candidates for the next president earlier in March. 

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