VMI Superintendent Resigns

After Governor Expresses Lost Confidence

October 26, 2020 - 3:09 pm

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Lexington, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - The Superintendent of Virginia Military Institute has resigned. General Binford Peay, III, offered his resignation to the Board of Visitors aftter the Governor's Chief of Staff told him the Governor had lost confidence in school leadership.   Governor Ralph Northam, a VMI grad, has called for an investigation into the school, citing an alleged ongoing "culture of structural racism."  This followed an article in the Washington Post, citing multiple examples, including a professor who talked glowingly of the KKK.  The school called the incidents individual lapses in judgment, but welcomed the investigation.

Republicans have expressed some criticism of the seemingly forced resignation.  House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) issued this statement:  "When Governor Northam admitted to wearing blackface and appearing in a racially offensive photograph, he sought the grace of the public’s forgiveness. If polling is to be believed, the public has largely extended that grace to him.

Now the Virginia Military Institute stands accused of accommodating racist incidents. It’s a shame that Governor Northam couldn’t extend the same amount of grace that he’s been afforded with his own past, at least until we know all the facts.”

The Governor is going to be asking for a budget amendment to pay for the investigation.