Brigadier General Charles F. Brower, IV
(United States Army Retired)
Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of the Faculty
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Brigadier General Brower is a 1969 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He served in a variety of troop and staff positions during his Army career, including assignments as a tank platoon leader, company commander and battalion adjutant in Germany, cavalry troop commander in combat in Vietnam, and battalion and brigade staff officer with the 101st Airborne Division and 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in the United States. From 1982 to 1984 he served as the Army Aide to President Ronald Reagan. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star.
Brigadier General Brower served in the Department of History, United States Military Academy, as an Assistant Professor of American History from 1976 to 1979. In 1984 he rejoined the Department as an Associate Professor and Chief of the American History Division. In 1990 he was promoted to Professor and Deputy Head of the Department. In 1996 he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, where he served until his retirement from the Army in 2001. He was appointed as Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of Faculty at the Virginia Military Institute on 25 July 2001.
He is holds a Ph.D. in Diplomatic and Strategic History from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Naval War College. In 1993-1994 while on sabbatical he served as a Roosevelt Fellow at the Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, The Netherlands. In 2000 he served as a member of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Army Training and Leader Development.
He has published articles on strategy in World War II and Vietnam and leadership and is the author of World War II in Europe: The Final Year (St. Martin's Press, 1998). His current project is a study of American policy and strategy in the war against Japan.
Brigadier General Brower lives in Lexington with his wife, Eileen. His eldest son, John, is a 2000 graduate of the University of Richmond and works for Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Richmond, VA. His youngest son, Christopher, will start graduate school at Duke University in August.