2020-2021

Photo of cadets walking on post in the fall with VMI logo and text of Fall 2020 Operational Update

Update on Parents Weekend and Post Visitation

Changes have been made in order to protect the health and well-being of our cadets, faculty, and staff while preserving the in-person, academic and military mission of the Institute.

Official Portrait of Vice President Pence

VMI to welcome Vice President Pence, Army Secretary

Virginia Military Institute is set to host a special guest speaker event featuring Vice President of the United States Mike Pence and Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy ’96 on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020.

VP Mike Pence waves to cadets in Cameron Hall during his visit on September 10, 2020

Pence Praises Honor, Military Service in Speech at VMI

Vice President of the United States Michael R. Pence, accompanied by Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy ’96 and U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz ’96, visited VMI. Pence addressed the Corps of Cadets in Cameron Hall.

Cadets put canned food into a large orange barrel.

VMI Highly Ranked by Major Publications

For the sixth year in a row, VMI places favorably in the fall college rankings, maintaining its status among the top liberal arts colleges nationwide.

Mr. Louis H. Blair

TAPS—Mr. Louis H. Blair

The Superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the death of Mr. Louis H. Blair at the age of 81. He passed away on September 5 at his farm in Rockbridge Baths.

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Statement by the President of the Board of Visitors, Sept. 15, 2020

Mr. John W. Boland, President of the VMI Board of Visitors, addresses the Board's discussion on the “Way Forward” as set out in General Peay’s July 29, 2020, letter.

A Message from the Superintendent, Sept. 18, 2020

Gen. Peay praises the VMI community for their efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 but acknowledges there's more to do.

.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during an on-stage interview at VMI's Cameron Hall in 2017.

A Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

VMI is saddened to hear of the passing of Justice Ginsburg. She was a courageous legal scholar whose impact on our Institute and our nation is an inspiration for all.

Photo of cadets walking on post in the fall with VMI logo and text of Fall 2020 Operational Update

Details on Sept. 25 – 27 General Permit and Dine by Invite

VMI will begin to allow cadets limited general permit privileges this weekend, Sept. 25 – 27, 2020. All leave privileges will be limited to Rockbridge County.

Col. Atin Basu Choudhary, Ph.D.

VMI Professor to Discuss Civil Conflict on With Good Reason

Col. Atin Basuchoudhary, professor of economics and business at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss the likelihood of civil conflict in the U.S. on With Good Reason Oct. 3-9.

Gen. James C. McConville 0th chief of staff of the U.S. Army, addressed faculty, staff, and the Corps of Cadets of Virginia Military Institute in Cameron Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Army Chief of Staff Stresses People First

Gen. James C. McConville, 40th chief of staff of the U.S. Army, addressed masked, socially distanced faculty, staff, and the Corps of Cadets of Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

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TAPS–Col. George Piegari

The Superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the death of Col. George Piegari at the age of 79.

A drawing of cadets in their Barracks room,

Astronauts, Kangaroos—and the Pony Express? VMI Archives Has Unexpected Finds

From photographs taken in the mid-19th century to an account of the construction of the Panama Canal and even letters by two founding fathers of the United States, the VMI Archives offers a treasure trove of history spread out over four centuries.

Two VMI mothers unloading care package boxes

Pandemic Package Corps Delivers Treats—and Caring

The idea began in early September in an online forum for the mothers of cadets—how do they show cadets that they are cared for in spite of Parents Weekend being canceled this year?

Rats participating in a women's section of PE 102 - VMI Photo by Mary Price

Boxing Adapts to COVID Era

Thanks to the efforts of Col. James “Jimmy” Coale, professor of physical education, and his colleagues, rats enrolled in Physical Education 102, the required boxing course, are learning to box in a way that’s designed to minimize health risks while maximizing skill development.

An Update on Fall 2020 from the Superintendent, Oct. 15, 2020

Gen. Peay updates the VMI community on changes to operational procedures for Fall 2020.

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A Letter from the President of the Board of Visitors to Gov. Northam

Mr. John W. Boland, President of the VMI Board of Visitors, responds to the letter from Governor Ralph Northam regarding review of culture, policies, procedures, and equity at VMI

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VMI Board of Visitors Official Acceptance of the Resignation of Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III '62

Letter from John William Boland, President of the Board of Visitors, accepting the resignation of Gen. J. H. Binford Peay III '62, VMI Superintendent

Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III '62 Resigns as VMI Superintendent

Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III '62, VMI Superintendent, submitted his resignation letter to the VMI Board of Visitors on Oct. 26, 2020.

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Statement of the President of the VMI Board of Visitors John William Boland, October 26, 2020

Today, the Superintendent tendered his resignation to the Board of Visitors. The Board of Visitors accepted it with deep regret.

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Actions of the VMI Board of Visitors

The VMI Board of Visitors today took bold and unanimous action to move VMI forward.

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A Letter from Brig. Gen. Moreschi, VMI Acting Superintendent - Nov. 3, 2020

Brigadier General Robert W. Moreschi, Acting Superintendent, addresses the VMI community regarding his appointment and the Institute's path forward, including recent actions by the Board of Visitors.

Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III '62 bids farewell to the Corps of Cadets, and is presented flags signed by each class.

Cadets Bid Farewell to Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62

Accepting an invitation to an event fully organized by cadets on the evening of Oct. 28, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III '62 bid farewell to the Corps of Cadets. He was presented flags signed by each class, and was asked to lead the Corps in an Old Yell for the Class of 1962.

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VMI Board of Visitors Appoints Superintendent Search Committee

In the execution of one of the most important responsibilities of VMI’s governing board, the appointment and oversight of the superintendent, the committee will work toward finding the Institute’s next great leader.

Announcement of COVID testing dates with photo of medical professional

VMI, in Partnership with Department of Health, Hosting Free COVID Testing Site

Virginia Military Institute, in partnership with the Department of Health, is hosting two free COVID testing events. Both are open to the public, and social distancing will be strictly maintained.

Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins with VMI logo

Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins ’85 to serve as interim VMI superintendent

Retired Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins will serve as interim superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute following an affirmative vote by the VMI Board of Visitors Executive Committee. Maj. Gen. Wins is a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Army and a 1985 graduate of the Institute.

Portrait of E. Sean Lanier '94 with VMI logo and overlay

Governor Appoints Lanier to VMI Board of Visitors

Governor Ralph Northam ‘81 has appointed E. Sean Lanier ’94 to the VMI Board of Visitors. Lanier, a U.S. Army veteran, is the founder and executive director of Resolve Solutions Inc., an Alexandria, Virginia nonprofit that provides financial and educational college preparatory support to underserve

Photo of cadets at parade, with VMI seal and text: BOV Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee

VMI Board of Visitors Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee meets with state officials

Members of the committee approved a charter for the committee after consultation with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, Dr. Janice Underwood, and secretary of education, Atif Qarni.

Mallory Hall, home to VMI’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences, will soon house VMI’s cyber defense lab.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Department of Defense $1.475 Million Grant Brings Cyber Defense Laboratory to VMI

The Virginia Military Institute’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) took a major step toward a new initiative when Institute leaders signed an agreement for a grant award with the Department of Defense (DoD) to establish a cyber defense laboratory on post.

Institute Announcement with VMI Logo and canon in snow

VMI Begins to Relocate the Stonewall Jackson Statue

Virginia Military Institute began the process today of relocating the Stonewall Jackson statue from the front of barracks to the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park.

VMI Professor to Speak on ‘With Good Reason’

Lt. Col. Julie Phillips Brown, associate professor of English and fine arts at Virginia Military Institute, will be featured on public radio’s With Good Reason Dec. 12-18, in an episode titled “Writing Through.”

Darryl Glover Named Erchul Award Recipient

The VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics, host of the annual Environment Virginia Symposium, announced that Darryl Glover has been selected as the 2020 Captain Ron Erchul Environmental Leadership Award winner.

Col. Sen teaching Fall 2020

VMI Professor Receives 2021 Outstanding Faculty Award

Col. Tinni Sen, professor of economics in the Department of Economics and Business at the Virginia Military Institute, is one of the 12 recipients of the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Awards.

Rendering of Chessie Trail Bridge

Chessie Nature Trail Bridge Construction Begins; Impacts Trail Usage

A long-awaited project for the community is underway. A pedestrian bridge carrying the Virginia Military Institute-owned Chessie Nature Trail over the South River is expected to be replaced over the coming months.

Aquatics Center Rendering

Construction Begins on VMI Aquatics Center

Just before Christmas, initial steps will begin for VMI’s new aquatics center, officially known as the Corps Physical Training Facility Phase III (Aquatic Center).

Luke Fegley ’24 and Freddy Junko ’24 participate in the holiday community outreach project by writing letters to seniors in local facilities. – Photo courtesy of Jim Gibson, VMI head wrestling coach.

VMI Letters Program Seeks to Spread Holiday Cheer

This holiday season, everyone could use a little extra cheer, especially residents of elder care facilities & nursing homes, who are facing little to no visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, the Building BRIDGES Club at VMI has stepped up to share the holiday spirit.

Maj. Gen. Wins, December 2020 Virtual Commencement

More Than 390 Recognized in VMI’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday, Dec. 19, families of Virginia Military Institute graduates celebrated at home as a virtual commencement ceremony was streamed to computers, tablets, and phones.

Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins with VMI logo

New Year's Update from Maj. Gen. Wins

Maj. Gen. Wins provides an update on spring semester plans and the path forward in the near future.

Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, interim superintendent, pins a VMI Meritorious Service Medal on Eric Hutchings, recognizing his service to the Institute upon his retirement. - VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

After More Than Two Decades at VMI, Hutchings Retires

On Dec. 31, Col. Eric Hutchings ’77, commandant from 2000 to 2007 and special assistant to the athletic director for military affairs, retired, capping off more than two decades of service to the Institute.

James Morgan portrait, Photo courtesy of VMI Archives.

TAPS—Maj. Gen. James M. Morgan, Jr. '45

The superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the death of Maj. Gen. James M. Morgan, Jr. '45, dean emeritus of the faculty. He passed away in Lexington on 2 January at the age of 97.

Dr. Arnold

TAPS—Dr. Arnold "Arnie" Joyce

The superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the death of Dr. Arnold "Arnie" Joyce. He passed away in Lexington on 23 December 2020 at the age of 82.

Strong Leaders, Strong Team graphic with CLE logo and photo of Gen. McChrystal

Registration Open for VMI Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the VMI Center for Leadership & Ethics 2021 Leadership Conference, “Strong Leaders, Strong Teams.” This event will be held online Feb. 15-16 and will explore a progression of teamwork principles.

Portrait of Col. Valentina Dimitrova-Grajzl with text stating she is to be featured on With Good Reason Jan. 23-29

VMI Professor to Discuss Redlining on With Good Reason

Col. Valentina Dimitrova-Grajzl, professor of economics and business at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss access to consumer credit for those living on or near American Indian reservations in the United States on the public radio program With Good Reason Jan. 23-29.

Col. Wanovich standing at podium, speaking

VMI Commandant to Retire This Year

Colonel William J. Wanovich ’87, commandant of the VMI Corps of Cadets since 2014, will retire at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.