General J.H. Binford Peay III, Superintendent
General Peay, '62 was born in Richmond, Virginia on 10 May 1940. Upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1962, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He holds a Masters of Arts degree from George Washington University and is also a graduate of the United States Army War College.
He assumed command of the 101st Airborne Division on 3 August 1989 and led the Division throughout Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM in the Persian Gulf. Promoted to Lieutenant General, he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Department of the Army and Senior Army Member, United States Military Committee, United Nations and on 26 March 1993, he was promoted to the rank of General and appointed the 24th Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army. His last assignment was Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, from 5 August 1994 to 13 August 1997, with responsibility for the region encompassing twenty countries in Africa, the Middle East, Persian Gulf and South Asia.
General Peay currently serves as a Director, BAE Systems, Inc. He and his wife, Pamela, have two sons: Jim, VMI Class of ’98, and Ryan, VMI Class of ’02. Their grandfather was J.H.B. Peay Jr., VMI Class of ’29.
General Peay was named the Virginia Military Institute’s 14th Superintendent on 25 November 2002 and assumed command 1 July 2003.