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Citadel News Service

For Release
Nov. 8, 2004

 Advisory board created to help
Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences

           Thirteen people from various background are the inaugural members of The Citadel's School of Humanities and Social Sciences Board. An additional 12 members will be selected in the coming months to create the 25-member advocacy group.

           In November 2002, The Citadel Board of Visitors created the School of Humanities and Social Sciences as part of a larger reorganization effort. The consolidation of departments into schools was done to strengthen the ability of academic programs at The Citadel to attract broader support. The new board for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is another step in that process.

           "The board will help build the school for the future through personal commitments of time, community connections and financial resources," said Dean Al Finch. "The success of this board requires members to be actively committed, influential and willing to encourage other community leaders to support the school. We are excited about the caliber of people who will help us in this endeavor."

           The board will meet three times a year. Members will serve two-year terms with the option to renew for a second term. The first board members are:

  • Terrence James Ahearn, '63, is a former Exxon Corp. attorney. A resident of Seabrook Island, S.C., where he has retired, Ahearn is currently serving as director the Seabrook Property Owners Association. While at The Citadel he was a wrestling team manager and Dean's List student. He remains active in Citadel clubs, including being president of the Charlotte Citadel Club, and in United Way campaigns, serving on various allocation committees.
  • David B. Bell, '71, also an attorney, ran as the Democratic nominee for Congress in 1996 in Georgia's 10th District and is a respected lecturer on law and legal topics. He has served on the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, was former director of the Augusta Kiwanis Club, served on the General Aviation Commission from 1986 through 1993 and is an active member of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, serving on several committees.
  • Dr. Wallace W. "Skipper" Brawley, Jr., Ph.D., D.Sc, '62, in the 1980s was among the researchers studying the AIDS virus in Africa and in the laboratory. He went on to participate with the emergency response teams in Sudan and in Zaire during the Ebola outbreak, dedicating the balance of his research career to the study of that disease. He retired in 1999. He is a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association; the Board of Directors of The Citadel Alumni Association; The Board of Directors of the Athletic Hall of Fame at The Citadel; Generals Club and The Citadel Brigadier Foundation. He will serve as chairman of the Humanities and Social Sciences board.
  • Lt. Col. John W. Falkenbury, '78, is the general manager of the Fleishman-Hillard's Mid-Atlantic Region's practice in the Carolinas. He supervises operations in both the Raleigh and Charlotte offices. He served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army. Upon leaving active service, he returned home to North Carolina to become the president and CEO of Five Oaks Nursing Center in Concord, managing partner of the Falkenbury Family LLC, and president of the Stephen D. Falkenbury, Jr. Foundation in Charlotte.
  • Joseph L. Galloway is the senior military correspondent for Knight-Ridder Newspapers, working in their Washington bureau and is also author of a weekly column on military and national security affairs. He recently concluded a brief assignment as a special consultant to Gen. Colin Powell at the State Department. He has worked for United Press International and U.S.News & World Report and is the co-author, with retired Lt. Gen. Hal G. Moore of the national bestseller We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, which is also a critically acclaimed movie, We Were Soldiers, starring Mel Gibson.
  • Alfred C. Hesse retired from Ford Motor Co. in 1992 after nearly 30 years in various positions with the automaker. In his first management assignment he was instrumental in the unveiling of the 1964 Mustang. The highlight of his career came when he was promoted to the Ford Marketing Institute where he was assigned as a staff instructor. His son, Naval Commander William F. Hesse, is a 1988 Citadel graduate.
  • Dennis F. Holt, as a teen, was hired by actor Ozzie Nelson to work on 1950s and 1960s TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, to help support his struggling family after his father suffered a disabling heart attack. He is currently chairman and CEO of Patriot Communications, one of the largest telecommunications service bureaus in the nation and is an advocate for moral responsibility and community involvement. He is also director of United Online at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, St. John's Hospital, The John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation and the Los Angeles Police Foundation.
  • Steven Josias, '70, an attorney for more than 30 years, continues to work for the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., law firm he founded in 1974. He specializes in tax, real property and administrative law and has represented every level of governmental agency from local to the federal government. In 1987, then Florida governor and newly elected Sen. Bob Graham selected Josias to serve in Washington as his special counsel.
  • James F. Moseley, '58, has practiced transportation, admiralty, and maritime law in Jacksonville, Fla., since 1963. He is the senior partner in Moseley, Warren, Prichard and Parrish and author of many professional writings and papers. He is past chairman of the Library Board of Trustees in the City of Jacksonville (two terms appointed by the mayor) and former chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Florida.
  • Col. Robert S. Poydasheff, '54, is mayor of Columbus, Ga. His military and civilian career includes many highlights: legislative counsel to Secretary of the Army, legal counsel to the Secretary of Army and Secretary of Defense on Labor Relations concerning government employees; teacher union attorney with Department of Defense Dependents School System, staff judge advocate (senior counsel) in Fort Belvoir, Va., and Fort Benning, Ga., chief counsel for senior, high-ranking officers involved in the My Lai incident and Post Exchange scandals and chief defense counsel for the first American general officer charged with war crimes since the Philippine Insurrections.
  • Frank B. Robards, III, '81, joined Wachovia Bank in 1996. Before that, he practiced law with a firm in Columbia, S.C., for seven years. His affiliation with Wachovia has been as a relationship manager, managing director, and currently as a senior business planner. As the senior business planner, he works with high net worth individuals and closely held businesses in the Carolinas on tax, financial and estate planning issues. He is active with the Tri-County Citadel Club and Citadel Brigadier Club.
  • Morris Robinson, a 1991 Citadel graduate, former football player and a native of Atlanta, joined the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the beginning of the 2001-2002 season. A year later, he made his debut in the role of Second Prisoner in Fidelio and performed the roles of Mercury in Les Troyens and Priest of Baal in Nabucco. He has also performed with the Seattle Opera, the Boston University Opera, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston University Opera Institute.
  • Holcombe Thomas, '73, comes from a family of Citadel graduates and is vice president of Broad Industrial Products, Inc., a start-up export firm located in Fairfax, Va., The firm specializes in the export of industrial repair parts to the Middle East. His career also has included a stint teaching law at the University of South Carolina as an adjunct professor, as a private practice attorney and the Foreign Service. Holcombe retired from the Department of State with 23 years of service in September 2003. He is currently pursuing an interest in culinary arts in Falls Church, Va.

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