CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Citadel Board of Visitors named an interim president who will serve until the military college's new president is able to assume his duties.
Lt. Gen. John B. Sams, Jr., USAF (Ret.) will serve as interim president effective upon the June 30 retirement of current president Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.
Sams, a six-time U.S. Air Force commander, former Board of Visitors chair and Citadel alumnus, will lead the college until the new president, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC, takes over.
"Lt. Gen. John Sams will be an effective leader as interim president. He has been extraordinary as a member and chair of the board, as a businessman and as a lifelong supporter of The Citadel," Col. Fred L. Price, chair of The Citadel Board of Visitors, said. "We greatly appreciate his willingness to once again commit his time and energy in the service of his alma mater until our 20th president, Gen. Glenn Walters, arrives."
The board announced the selection of Walters as 20th president on April 12.
Walters is currently serving as the 34th assistant commandant of the United States Marine Corps, the branch's second highest-ranking officer.
Walters must retire from active duty before becoming president.