The Citadel

Incoming freshmen receive Pt uniforms and blanket in the barracks in 2016. File/Wade Spees/Staff

The Citadel's search committee is making progress on interviewing replacements for outgoing President Lt. Gen. John Rosa, but a list of finalists might not be ready for another two months.

The search committee interviewed and discussed candidates Friday, and will continue to do so Saturday, in closed sessions in a North Charleston hotel.

The military college, located in downtown Charleston, may release a list of finalists in April, said Col. John L. Dorrian, The Citadel's vice president of marketing and communications. Its search began with a pool of about 300 general officers and accomplished civilians, and the committee since has narrowed that down to about two dozen, he added.

Rosa, who has led The Citadel for 12 years, announced last year that he will retire from the public military college on June 30, shortly after the school finishes marking its 175th anniversary. The former Air Force pilot and three-star general ranks among the school’s longest-serving presidents.

The College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University also are searching for replacements for their outgoing presidents, Glenn McConnell and Jairy Hunter, respectively.

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