David Lowe ’63, at left, talks with Commandant of Cadets Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart while volunteering during New Cadet Move-In.

David Lowe ’63, at left, talks with Commandant of Cadets Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart while volunteering during New Cadet Move-In.

By J. Pearson ’87, chairman, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Inc.

Virginia Tech recently announced its 10-year plan. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni (VTCCA) board of directors decided we should look at our board’s strategic plan as well.

David Lowe ’63 has taken on the task of leading our reinventing of the alumni board.

Our original mission was to save the Corps when the VTCCA was formed in the 1990s. Now that the Corps is at its highest enrollment in 50 years, we believe it is time to look at our role again.

Our Corps started this fall with 1,127 cadets. We even had to turn down some applicants this year due to lack of bed space. Can you believe that?

We have had two strategic planning meetings so far. The committee’s members represent a variety of class years and backgrounds. David has done a great job keeping us focused and on track.

We have recognized that we need to engage, advise, and advocate. We also have concluded that we must maintain and grow the momentum that our Corps has achieved. Our basketball coach, Buzz Williams, always says, “The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be good enough for tomorrow.”

Commandant of Cadets Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart believes that retention and recruiting are the top reasons for our wonderful success.

The staff is doing a great job and so are the Corps alumni. We understand that we must compete every day to get the best students in our program.

David and the committee will finalize their recommendations and present them to the full board in spring 2019. I will publish our decisions in my report for the spring Corps Review.

Our fall events were canceled because of Hurricane Florence. Please come back to campus and participate in our spring events.

Our cadets always appreciate it.

Please remember, as alumni we must communicate, participate, and donate!