CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Shannon Faulkner walked onto The Citadel campus Saturday for the first time in 13 years Saturday. This time, she was an invited guest to speak on the life of Citadel graduate Pat Conroy.
She became the first woman to join the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel in 1995. She was admitted to the college in 1993 after she did not indicate her gender on her application, but didn't graduate from the school.
Nancy Mace came after Faulkner, but Mace was the first woman to officially graduate from the school in 1999. She recently won the District 99 seat in the statehouse.
Mace also had some choice words for Faulkner in a Facebook post.
Faulkner, who is now an educator in Greenville County explained Saturday she has no negative feelings toward the school, and she considers herself a part of The Citadel family.
Faulkner said her decision to reconcile with the school was largely due to Conroy's influence.