LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Following the resignation of Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III in October, Virginia Military Institute (VMI) announced Friday the name of the new interim superintendent.
According to a statement released by VMI on Friday, Nov. 13, retired Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins — a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Army and a 1985 graduate of VMI — will serve as interim superintendent following an affirmative vote by the VMI Board of Visitors Executive Committee.
“The VMI Board of Visitors is pleased that Maj. Gen. Wins has agreed to lead the Institute during this critical time of transition,” said John William Boland, president of the VMI Board of Visitors. “Gen. Peay’s 17 years of service to the Institute were transformative, and I am confident that Maj. Gen. Wins’ experience and values will provide steady and principled leadership as we continue to move the Institute forward.”
During his time as a cadet at VMI, Wins was a standout basketball player who helped lead the team from last place in the Southern Conference to the Southern Conference finals during his first-class year then went on to finish his basketball career as one of the top five scorers in school history.
After graduating in 1985 with a bachelor of arts in economics, VMI says Wins was commissioned into the Army as a field artillery officer.
According to Friday’s statement, during Win’s 34 years of service, he held many leadership and staff assignments — including in Headquarters Department of the Army and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon — and won numerous awards, such as the Distinguished Service Medal (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Bronze Star Medal.
Furthermore, in his final command, Wins was reportedly the first Commanding General of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command.
In addition to his Army career, VMI says Wins holds one master’s degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology, as well as one master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the National War College.
“I am excited to return to VMI, a place that had an extraordinary impact on me as a leader and person,” said Wins. “Now, more than ever, the lessons and values of VMI are needed in the world, and I am humbled to be a part of making that happen. I most look forward to leading the cadets and ensuring we have a safe and successful conclusion to the academic year, hit the ground running during the spring sports season, and continue fulfilling our vital mission of producing educated and honorable men and women.”
Wins will serve as interim superintendent until a permanent superintendent is chosen.
Wins’ appointment as interim superintendent follows the resignation of VMI’s 14th superintendent, Gen. Peay on Oct. 26 after after 17 years.
School officials say the VMI Board of Visitors has appointed a Superintendent Search Committee and will work with an executive search firm to identify candidates over the next few months, adding that a new superintendent is expected to be in place on a permanent level during summer 2021.
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