Thank you for your support of The Citadel!

The Citadel Foundation is working hand-in-hand with each class to create a reunion model that competes with our peer schools and academics. Through this new tradition, known as Class Reunion Campaigns (CRC), those classes celebrating significant reunions will have an opportunity to rally together in support of The Citadel and its greatest needs. Please join the class in leaving a legacy at The Citadel.

In November 2019, the Class of 1979  will return to The Citadel to celebrate a 40th Reunion. To mark this momentous occasion the class has set a goal of $4,300,000 for The Citadel which includes support for a project on campus. 

 Class of 1979 Class Reunion Campaign

Overall Goal: $4,300,000

Class of 1979 Project
The Class of 1979 Quadrangle and Fountain
Goal: $475,000

The Class of 1979 Leadership Day
Goal: $604,000


Dear ’79 Classmates,

Over these last four decades, we’ve had many winding paths and a very diverse set of life experiences.  Throughout these often-divergent paths, our unifying thread remains the unique character and bond our class shares.  These realities place us in a unique circumstance and opportunity to provide an enduring legacy to permanently enshrine our class. We have ambitious financial goals, but maximum participation by our class over any amount of individual philanthropy is our aim.  In the coming months, the Foundation will provide much more information to help establish and inform your giving. 

The Class Reunion Campaign Committee members are Lonnie Bergeron, John Buyer, Dave Coisson, Will Culbreath, Larry Garrison, Mark Kipphut, Leo Mercado, Bill Wilson, and Eric Wooten. Greg and I are proud to step up as leaders in the committee’s efforts.  In addition, each Cadet Company will have a representative who will begin individual outreach as well as a few ad hoc group representatives that will be coordinating efforts via various categories. Expect multiple contacts throughout the campaign. As we begin to build our momentum please help us in updating contact information for those classmates we’ve been unable to reach.

Our Class of ’79 Reunion Campaign period began on January 1 of this year and will run through December 31, 2019.  Cash pledges must be paid by the end of 2022.  After much discussion and consideration, the committee agreed that contributing to a substantial physical structure and a project focused on leadership, something that has served our class so well, would be most appropriate. The first priority project will be sponsoring a portion of the Capers Hall renovation, specifically the Quadrangle and Fountain.  To ensure our class naming rights for this initial project, 75% of the cash goal project must be collected by the end of 2019. The second project will permanently endow Leadership Day, an annual day of service and leadership training for the entire corps. Upon completion, these initiatives will then bear our class’ name and become a part of the legacy we leave at the college.   

As we said in our initial letter, The Citadel Class of 1979 is arguably the most accomplished of any in the school’s history. We have collectively enjoyed personal and professional success across many fields of endeavor: business, technology, finance, legal, political, health care, military, government, services, trades and many others. Consider the Class of ’79 has numerous business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs; many physicians, dentists; a past Board of Visitors member; carpenters and craftsmen; crime scene investigators; a legendary Citadel baseball coach; a renowned college wrestling coach, accomplished engineers, a former state senator; senior government executives, Scoutmasters, airline captains; the most US armed forces flag and general officers of any class, including 22 total stars – and rising; the first 4-star general since the class of 1963; leaders at the CIA, FBI, US Secret Service and US Special Operations Forces; esteemed educators, professors, deans; and many others.  Regardless of our life’s journeys, we all take great pride in the accomplishments of our classmates.  

Please take some time to reflect, take stock and consider this opportunity to give back.  This is the time to enshrine our class’ earned place in The Citadel’s legacy.  Feel free to contact Greg or me personally. 

With warm and enduring wishes for all,

Tom Hendricks                                          Greg Horton
Reunion Campaign Chairman                  Class Reunion Campaign Vice Chairman


Class of 1979 Donations
$ 10,000.00
$ 5,000.00
$ 2,500.00
$ 1,000.00
$ 500.00
$ 250.00
$ 100.00
$ 1,979.00

Class of 1979
Reunion Campaign Committee 

Tom Hendricks
Class Reunion Campaign Chairman
Delta Company


Greg Horton
Class Reunion Campaign Vice Chairman

Foxtrot Company

Will Culbreath
Annual Giving Class Chair
Charlie Company

Eric Wooten  
Annual Giving Class Chair
Band Company

Lonnie Bergeron
Delta Company

John Buyer 
Band Company

Dave Coisson
Bravo Company

Larry Garrison
November Company

Mark Kipphut
Hotel Company

Leo Mercado
Romeo Company

Bill Wilson
4th Battalion

Class of 1979 Reunion Campaign Project

The Class of 1979 Reunion Campain Committee has chosen two projects the class will support for the 50th Class Reunion Campaign. Once the goal of the first project is met, funding will be applied to the second project. 

The Class of 1979 Quadrangle and Fountain
The Class of 1979 is committing $475,000 to the quadrangle and fountain as part of the Capers Hall renovation. The vision for the Capers Hall renovation is one that will link our best traditions of the past with our brightest hopes for the future. The concept necessitates a larger building on the southeastern entrance to the campus. It will retain its original facade and entrance portico. Added to that will be three new wings around a central quadrangle, similar in style to the Moorish design of the barracks. The Class of 1979 has an opportunity to participate in this meaningful addition to campus.

The Class of 1979 Leadership Day
The Class of 1979 is committing $604,000 to permanently endow the Class of 1979 Leadership Day. On this day, all members of the corps of cadets enroll and participate in an approved Leadership Day activity. In support of strategic commitments to service learning and development of principled leaders, there are no regularly scheduled undergraduate classes. Each cadet class devotes the day to exercising and re-fining leadership skills.



Important Links

Class of 1979 Donor Honor Roll

Campaign logo with straps and white text

Foundation for Leadership Campaign

Legacy Giving at The Citadel




The Citadel is thankful for the generous commitment of the Class of 1979.

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to your class Development Officer: 

Metz, Whitney
Development Officer
Class Reunion Campaigns