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Retiring Army Officer Named New Chief of Staff

FullTextImage/img/@altCol. James P. Inman

LEXINGTON, Va., April 5, 2013 – Army Col. James P. Inman has been named the Institute’s next chief of staff. Inman, a 1986 graduate of VMI, is scheduled to retire from a 27-year Army career in the near future.

“Colonel Inman has extensive leadership and staff experience,” said Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62, superintendent. “He has been involved in officer professional education as a senior manager, including as chief of staff of the Army’s Cadet Command; he served as a leader of troops in combat; and he has commanded the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. All these experiences provide him with a unique set of skills that will prove beneficial to VMI.”

Inman will replace Col. Jeffrey H. Curtis ’79, who will become executive assistant to the superintendent and secretary of the Board of Visitors. Curtis will assume that position from Col. Michael M. Strickler ’71, who is retiring June 28 after 36 years of service to VMI.

Currently a resident of Springfield, Va., Inman will join the staff in June, working during a short overlap period with Curtis.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree in English from VMI, Inman holds master’s degrees from Louisiana State University and the National War College.