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Citadel News Service
20 Jul 2005

Stone named new commandant at The Citadel

Col. Gregory A. Stone will be the new commandant at The Citadel. He was appointed by Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president-elect of the college, and received the unanimous endorsement of the Board of Visitors Tuesday, July 19.

Stone, 51, is the chief of staff and deputy commandant of the United States Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

"We feel Col. Stone is an excellent choice to fill this position," said Billy Jenkinson, chairman of the Board of Visitors. "He will provide spirited and positive leadership to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and we are delighted to welcome him to The Citadel family."

Stone will assume his duties at The Citadel in early fall after retiring from the Army. In the meantime, Stone said he will begin establishing contact with the leaders of The Citadel and learning all he can about the college.

"I am excited by the opportunity to continue having an impact on the development of young people,” Stone said. "I want to find a way to take the passion that alumni, faculty, staff and cadets feel for The Citadel and infuse it into the development of young people."

A 1976 graduate of West Point, Stone has commanded armor-cavalry units at every level from platoon to brigade and had assignments in Germany and the Middle East. When he was deployed to Bosnia, Stone commanded the Army's first unit to cross the Sava River. He has also served in the Office of the Chief of Staff at the Pentagon.

A Seattle native, Stone holds a master of science degree from Villanova University. He joined the staff of the United States Military Academy in August 2002.

Harry Carter, chairman of the commandant search committee, said Stone brings critical career experiences to the commandant’s position as one who understands the challenges facing cadets educated in a structured military environment.

"He offers the ideal combination of having an outstanding military career, a senior assignment in the commandant’s department, excellent educational credentials, and most importantly, being a principled leader and role model for our cadets," Carter said.

Col. Stone and his wife, Mary Pat, have four children. Three of their children are currently serving in the Army and one daughter is a sophomore at West Point. Their other daughter, a second lieutenant stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., is married to 2002 Citadel graduate 1st Lt. Tony Keller.
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