Virginia Military Institute names 34-year Army veteran as interim superintendent

Posted at 10:36 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 10:36:12-05

Virginia Military Institute selected retired Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins as its interim superintendent after the previous superintendent's retirement.

Wins is a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Army, and graduated from VMI in 1985.

“The VMI Board of Visitors is pleased that Maj. Gen. Wins has agreed to lead the Institute during this critical time of transition,” said John William Boland, president of the VMI Board of Visitors. “Gen. [J. H. Binford] Peay’s 17 years of service to the Institute were transformative, and I am confident that Maj. Gen. Wins’ experience and values will provide steady and principled leadership as we continue to move the Institute forward.”

According to VMI, Wins played basketball while attending the school, and helped lead the team from last place in the Southern conference to the Southern Conference Finals. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in economics and commissioned into the Army as a field artillery officer.

In the Army, Wins served as the first Commanding General of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with One Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Bronze Star Medal.

“I am excited to return to VMI, a place that had an extraordinary impact on me as a leader and person,” Wins said. “Now, more than ever, the lessons and values of VMI are needed in the world, and I am humbled to be a part of making that happen.”

Wins will serve until a permanent superintendent is chosen. A new, permanent superintendent is expected to be in place during the summer of 2021.