LEXINGTON, Va. – In a unanimous vote, the Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors approved the next man to lead the military college.
“This is a great day for VMI,” said VMI Board of Visitors President John William Boland.
Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, who graduated from VMI in 1985, will serve as the 15th superintendent.
Since Nov. 2020, Wins has been the Institute’s interim superintendent.
“I’m excited,” said Wins. “I think this is a great opportunity.”
Wins is also the school’s first-ever black superintendent.
“Most important to me is being the 15th superintendent, so I’m the next man in line. It’s never lost on me, you know, who I am and the color of my skin. That’s never going to be lost on me. My life’s experiences have either reinforced that to me, to always keep that as something that I keep mindful of,” said Wins. “But I think what, to me, is most important is to move the Institute forward.”