The Citadel awards honorary degrees to state and national leaders in recognition of service

The Citadel Board of Visitors presented honorary degrees to six recipients during the commencement celebrations for the Class of 2022.

Honorary degrees are awarded to the speakers for the commencement ceremonies for The South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Graduate College, as well as those who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the college during their lifetime.

Below are the citations for each of this year’s honorary degree recipients.

Col. Anthony Lincoln Baggiano, USAF (Ret.), ’61

Colonel Anthony L. Baggiano, United States Air Force, Retired, graduated The Citadel Class of 1961 and then served his country for twenty years as an Associate Professor of mathematics at the US Air Force Academy and service in Vietnam. He also served as the Commander of the US Air Force San Antonio Data Services Center.

Colonel Baggiano joined his former commander as a partner at Robbins-Gioia, a management consulting firm in Washington, DC, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. While in the Washington DC area, Colonel Baggiano was President of the Greater Washington DC Citadel Club. A devoted alumnus, he is currently the President of the Montgomery Alabama Citadel Club.

Colonel Baggiano has served on numerous boards, including the US Olympic Committee Board of Directors where he served as Chair, the Pan American Sports Council, and the Air University Foundation Board of Trustees. He is currently on The Citadel Alumni Association Board and is a member of the Executive Committee.

For his service to his nation and to his alma mater, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award Colonel Anthony L. Baggiano the honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

Charles Juel Lehman Brooks

The Honorable Charles JL Brooks has been a successful real estate developer for more than fifty years. His projects included hotel chains, restaurants, offices, residential communities, and country clubs. He is a 1969 and 1971 graduate of the University of South Carolina with degrees in Commercial Education and Accounting. Mr. Brooks spent his formative years working for several Fortune 500 companies in divisional accounting management.

Mr. Brooks served on numerous public boards and commissions, including Richland County, the City of Columbia, and the State of South Carolina. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Zoning for Columbia and was recently appointed a Commissioner on the South Carolina Board of Accountancy by Governor Henry McMaster.

In recognition of a lifetime of service to the state of South Carolina and to his local community, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award The Honorable Charles JL Brooks the honorary Doctor of Commerce degree.

SC Rep. James Gary Simrill

The Honorable J. Gary Simrill earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Winthrop University in 1991 and the following year joined the South Carolina House of Representatives, where he represents York County. He has been a representative since 1992 and currently serves as the House Majority Leader and Budget Subcommittee Chairman for Higher Education on the House Ways and Means Committee. He is the longest serving Republican in the South Carolina House.

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