Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62, (Ret.), Superintendent
A member of the VMI Class of 1962, J.H. Binford Peay III was named the Virginia Military Institute’s 14th superintendent in November 2002 and assumed command in July 2003. A major initiative during Peay’s leadership has been Vision 2039, a strategic plan for the Institute to improve the academic, military and athletic programs and the infrastructure of the Institute to enhance cadet leadership development and the environment in which it takes place.
Peay assumed command of the 101st Airborne Division in 1989 and led the Division throughout Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the first Persian Gulf war. 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 in 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 as Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., from 1994 to 1997, with responsibility for the region encompassing 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Persian Gulf and South Asia.
Peay holds a master of arts degree from George Washington University and also is a graduate of the United States Army War College. He currently serves as chairman of the Allied Defense Group and as a director of BAE Systems, Inc.