Citadel’s Rosa plans to retire in 2018

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa will continue to lead the state’s military college until 2018 and then retire.

The school’s Board of Visitors on Tuesday announced that it has extended Rosa’s contract until June 30, 2018. And it gave him a 14.5 percent salary increase.

Last year, the board approved a two-year contract extension for Rosa, who has been leading the school since 2006. But it decided to extend the contract for an additional three years after just one year.

If Rosa completes the contract, he will have served 12 years. That would make him the school’s longest-serving president since Gen. Mark W. Clark. Clark previously served for 11 years from 1954 to 1965.

Rosa, a member of The Citadel class of 1973, said in a press release that he decided to stay on to complete a long-range strategic plan, the LEAD Plan 2018.

Rosa initiated the plan in 2012 after months of research and planning sessions involving many individuals in the campus community.

Lt. Gen. Michael Steele, chairman of the school’s board, said the college continues to thrive under Rosa’s leadership.

“John and (his wife) Donna Rosa are strong, tireless leaders for our cadets, students, alumni, faculty and staff,” Steele said.

“Gen. Rosa represents everything The Citadel and our alumni aspire to be.”

Rosa’s new contract boosts his annual salary to $385,000, which includes a state salary of $178,600 plus a supplement of $206,400 from The Citadel Foundation. That represents an increase of $48,800. The amendment also allows the president to receive an annual bonus for continued support and implementation of objectives in the strategic plan. No state funds or tuition will be used for bonuses.

Previously Rosa earned $336,200, with $151,200 coming from the state and $185,000 from The Citadel Foundation.

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