[sticklist] - COL Doyle Returns to VFMAC as Interim President

Richard Forno rforno at infowarrior.org
Mon Aug 27 18:05:44 CDT 2012

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This came out today (8/27/12) around 5:30 pm......but still no word on Phillips, to my knowledge.  --rick

(c/o JW)

Dear VFMA&C Community,

The Board of Trustees of Valley Forge Military Academy & College has accepted the resignation of COL David R. Gray, Ph.D., USA (Ret.) as President, effective immediately. Colonel Gray had previously announced his intention to retire in June 2013, but he and the Board mutually agreed that a more immediate timetable is in the best interest of the institution.

"For personal reasons, I have decided that it is best for both me and Valley Forge that I move to the next phase of my career now," said COL Gray. "It has been a distinct honor to work with our young cadets and to educate and shape their character development during my time as President."

"We thank David Gray for his leadership as President and we respect his decision to move on at this time," said William R. Floyd, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "By acting decisively now, we have the opportunity to move aggressively forward in the continuing evolution of this great institution. We're confident that the future of Valley Forge is bright."

Colonel James J. Doyle, USMC (Ret.), who previously has served as Superintendent at VFMA&C, will fill the role of interim President. The Board of Trustees have already commenced the search process to recruit and hire a new President to replace Colonel Gray. The search committee includes members of the Board of Trustees and key leaders within the Valley Forge senior administration. The committee will soon retain an executive search firm to conduct a national search for a new President.

"It's an honor to be asked to serve again at Valley Forge," said Col. Doyle. "To be entrusted with the stewardship of VFMA&C during this transitional phase is humbling. My goal is to serve in the best interests of the cadets and their parents, the faculty and staff and the alumni."

Formerly the Superintendent, a Vice President and Dean of the Academy, Doyle originally joined the VFMA&C staff in 2003. A retired United States Marine Corps Colonel and businessman, he brings tremendous professional expertise to the school.

A highly decorated war veteran, Doyle served in combat during Vietnam, Panama, Desert Shield and Desert Storm; he also commanded the Marine landing force which evacuated the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia. His military decorations include 3 Legions of Merit, 2 Bronze Stars, and 2 Defense Meritorious Service Medals.

Doyle holds a bachelor's degree in history from Stonehill College, North Easton, MA, and two advanced graduate degrees in Management from Salve Regina College, Newport, RI; and Strategic Studies and Defense Decision Making, Naval War College, Newport, RI.

"Col. Doyle's successful seven year tenure at Valley Forge serving as Superintendent, coupled with his superb record as a military leader and his outstanding performance as an educator, make him by far the best selection as the interim Head of Schools of Valley Forge," said Floyd, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "He takes on this important position with my total support and confidence."
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