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VMI gets first female commander of Corps of Cadets

Posted at 2:03 PM, May 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-15 08:50:49-04

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Virginia Military Institute is getting its first female commander of the Corps of Cadets.

Cadet Kasey Meredith, who is the first female regimental commander in VMI’s 182-year history, took on the role during a change of command parade on Friday.

The rising senior will be the military commander of the corps, responsible to the commandant of cadets for the training, appearance, discipline, health, welfare and morale of about 1,700 cadets.

Founded as an all-male military college, VMI was the nation’s last state-supported college to become coeducational.

The first women enrolled in 1997 after a legal battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.