VMI Selects New Interim Superintendent

First African-American in Post

November 13, 2020 - 2:46 pm

Lexington, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - The Virginia Military Institute has selected a new interim superintendent.  Retired Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins will serve as interim superintendent following a vote by the VMI Board of Visitors Executive Committee. Maj. Gen. Wins is a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Army and a 1985 graduate of the Institute.  He is the first African-American to hold the post.

Wins will serve as interim superintendent until such time that a permanent superintendent is chosen. VMI’s 14th superintendent, Gen. J. H. Binford Peay, III, resigned after 17 years on Oct. 26, 2020.  The resignation came after the Governor's office made it clear there was no confidence in VMI leadership.

 The VMI Board of Visitors has appointed a Superintendent Search Committee and will work with an executive search firm to identify candidates over the next several months. A new, permanent superintendent is expected to be in place during the summer of 2021.

VMI is currently facing a review by the Commonwealth over an alleged culture of structural racism, following articles in the Washington Post that detailed racist incidents at the school.  The school maintained they were individual lapses in judgment.  The General Assembly has set aside one million for the review.