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VMI board picks interim superintendent: 'I am excited to return'

Wins: 'The lessons and values of VMI are needed in the world'
Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins
Posted at 11:46 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 12:57:19-05

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Virginia Military Institute has selected a retired U.S. Army major general to serve as its interim superintendent.

The school announced in a news release Friday that Cedric Wins will step in to lead the military college until a permanent superintendent is chosen.

"I am excited to return to VMI, a place that had an extraordinary impact on me as a leader and person,” Wins said. “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."

The move comes after VMI’s former superintendent resigned last month under pressure from the governor’s office following the publication of a Washington Post article that described Black students facing persistent racism.

Earlier this month, the General Assembly approved adding $1 million to the state budget to pay for an independent investigation into the allegations.