LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday, Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Interim Superintendent Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins sat down with news crews to discuss what his plans were in relation to the former superintendent’s 2039 plan, as well as the current investigation into race relations.
On Oct. 26, it was announced suddenly that long-time Superintendent Gen. J. H. Binford Peay III had resigned after Gov. Ralph Northam announced VMI would be under investigation over of claims of racial tensions. In early November, it began the search for someone to fill in.
Wins is a VMI alumnus, as well as a retired army veteran. He spent three days on campus, and was able to decide his first two moves.
“The first thing is I’m doing my own assessment over the next 30 to 45 days, just to kind of baseline the VMI that I remember 39 years ago with how VMI operates today,” he stated.
He says it is his goal is to find out if VMI is still designed to produce young men and women of character.
Second, Wins made clear he is not shying away from claims of racial tension from alumni and other sources.
“We are going to be fully open and transparent to participate and help educate and help those investigators understand how VMI operates.”
The shift in leadership, he said, does not mean an immediate change. In fact, Wins said his focus is on making sure men and women at the institution can be competitive.
“I believe that the foundation has been laid with a lot of the initiatives that are in the 2039 plan where we can now take that and take it to the next level and build a culture of competing and winning,” he stated.
Wins did say if changes need to be made he will be quick to make adjustments during his time in office, no matter how long that is. The search for a new superintendent he predicts could take anywhere from six to eight months.