[sticklist] - Philly News announces resignation

Richard Forno rforno at infowarrior.org
Fri Dec 18 20:03:16 UTC 2009

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Posted on Fri, Dec. 18, 2009

Valley Forge Military Academy & College head resigns
By Martha Woodall


Charles A. "Tony" McGeorge, the controversial president of Valley  
Forge Military Academy & College, has stepped down, the school  
announced today.

John Miller, who handles public relations for Valley Forge, denied  
some insiders' accounts that McGeorge was fired earlier this week by  
the board of trustees.

McGeorge, who has been president of Valley Forge since July, 2005,  
resigned to take a senior position with a consulting firm, Miller said.

Staff were being informed this afternoon.

William Floyd, chairman of the board of trustees, will serve as acting  
head, while Valley Forge launches a national search for a permanent  

"We will always be grateful to Tony for the many great qualities he  
brought to Valley Forge and for setting us on a course for an exciting  
future," Floyd, a 1963 graduate, said in a statement reporting  
McGeorge's departure.

In April, McGeorge had announced plans to build a $32 million academic  
facility that would allow the coed junior college to more than double  
its enrollment.

But many Valley Forge alumni have been at odds with the school through  
McGeorge's tenure and have challenged the leadership of Valley Forge's  
first civilian president.

In the spring, they gathered more than 1,000 signatures on petitions  
calling for McGeorge's ouster. They also sent letters to Gov. Rendell,  
Attorney General Tom Corbett, and other state officials, charging that  
McGeorge and the board were mismanaging private and state funds.

Valley Forge later sued the Valley Forge Old Guard Inc., a group of  
the disgruntled alumni, alleging the organization had infringed on the  
institution's copyrighted symbols and images on its Web site and  
literature. The suit is continuing in U.S. District Court.

Miller said McGeorge is taking a post at Miller/Cook Associates, a  
consulting firm in that handles enrollment campaign for private  
colleges and universities.

Prior to arriving at Valley Forge McGeorge was employed as a health  
and marketing executive.

Valley Forge was founded in 1928 as a private, all-male college-prep  
boarding school. The two-year college later became coed. Enrollment  
figures compiled in October showed 250 students were enrolled from  
seventh grade through high school at the military academy, and 315  
cadets at the junior college.

  Contact staff writer Martha Woodall at 215-854-2789 or at martha.woodall at phillynews.com


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