Colonel Husted Retires

The Economics and Business Department announced the retirement of Col. Stewart W. Husted in spring 2009. He held the Roberts Chair in Free Enterprise-Business since joining the faculty in fall 2002. Col. Husted was instrumental in developing Roberts Free Enterprise programs, including the Lexington Chamber of Commerce speaker series and ECBU faculty research forums.

Col. Husted taught the Principles of Marketing course, as well as business electives in Marketing Communication, Sports Marketing, Marketing Management, Sales Management, Business Leadership, and Business and Society. In addition, he pursued an ambitious research and publishing agenda. Col. Husted published 3 journal articles and 3 books during his stay at VMI. He wrote a textbook and full length books on George C. Marshall and 21st century leadership development (using VMI examples). 

Col. Husted is a 1968 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and served in Da Nang from 1970 to 1971. After returning from Vietnam, Col. Husted earned a Masters degree from the University of Georgia in 1972 and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1977. He retired in 1996 from the Army Reserves as a Lt. Colonel.

In 1977, Col. Husted joined the faculty of the School of Business at Indiana State University, leaving after 13 years as a full professor. He then taught for 5 years in the School of Business and Economics at Lynchburg College, before serving for 8 years as the school’s Dean.

Col. Husted will return to the Lynchburg home he shares with his wife, Kathy, and son, Evan. However, it is unlikely he will settle into days filled with long naps and leisurely walks around the neighborhood. He plans to begin construction on a lodge that will be the centerpiece of a Leadership Training Center he has been developing for several years at his Goose Creek Farms property near Moneta, VA. In October 2009, Col. Husted will rediscover his diapering, burping and strollering skills. His son, Ryan, an Army Captain and Blackhawk pilot, and wife, Sarah, are expecting their first child. They are currently stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas but will relocate to Savannah, Georgia over the summer.

Col. Husted’s record of service in the military and academia over 40 years has been remarkable. We wish him well in his retirement and assure him that his presence in and contributions to the ECBU Department will be missed.