Leader Development: Cadets Learn About a Special Marine

By Elaine Humphrey, director, Major General W. Thomas Rice Center for Leader Development

From left are U.S. Marine Corps Col. James Davis (retired), U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Sheehan (retired), Virginia Sen. John Edwards, and Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart.
From left are U.S. Marine Corps Col. James Davis (retired), U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Sheehan (retired), Virginia Sen. John Edwards, and Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart. (Photo by Cadet Melissa Gabriel ’19)

The Major General W. Thomas Rice Center is working to facilitate the fulfillment of our mission to develop “Global, Ethical Leaders … Now More Than Ever!” The Corps Lab curriculum, the leadership minor, attendance of our cadets at leadership conferences, and the participation of distinguished guests for our Cutchins Leadership Lecture Series continue to be front and center.

The decision to make Corps Lab optional for the juniors and seniors enabled us to provide those cadets who are fully engaged in our program an opportunity to enhance their leader development.

With the position of quality over quantity, the cadets are getting very special experiences such as Virginia Tech basketball Coach Buzz Williams and Assistant Coach Jamie McNeilly addressing the seniors about self and team leadership. Additionally, we are recognizing these cadets for their higher level of engagement by giving them first chance to raise their hand to attend dinners with our guest speakers and to represent the Corps at leadership conferences. The cadets have been very supportive.

We also hosted the first COL Fox: The Man Behind the Medal dinner and lecture for the first-year cadets on Oct. 1 to remember Medal of Honor recipient, U.S. Marine, and former deputy commandant Col. Wesley L. Fox, who died in 2017.

His widow, Dotti Lu Fox, honored us by joining Virginia Sen. John Edwards, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John J. Sheehan (retired), and U.S. Marine Corps Col. James D. Davis (retired) as our guests. Commandant of Cadets Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart led the conversation as everyone shared personal and professional stories.

While we will continue to use Fox’s book “Six Essential Elements of Leadership” for Corps Lab, we plan to host this event annually for future classes to ensure that they know and fully appreciate Fox’s noteworthy service to our country and our Corps. He will never be forgotten!