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Hargrave Military Academy President Don Broome retires after six years

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Posted: Friday, June 2, 2017 2:55 pm

Hargrave Military Academy’s Board of Trustees announced Friday that the Academy’s President, Brigadier General Doyle D. Don Broome Jr. (U.S. Army, Retired), has notified the Board of his intent to retire.

 Broome, whose Army career spanned 32 years, has served Hargrave since 2011. His retirement is effective May 31.

Former Hargrave president, Col. Wheeler Baker has agreed to serve as the Academy’s interim President. A retired Marine Corps colonel, Baker served as President of Hargrave 12 years before retiring in 2011.

A nationwide search for a new president will begin immediately, according to a spokesman for the board of trustees.

“As chairman of the Hargrave Board, I have had the privilege of working with BG Broome for the last six years. What I have most admired about Don was his uncompromising dedication to the Hargrave cadets," said Bob White, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “He was diligent in preparing our cadets for a successful future, whether their next steps were college, the military, or a chosen career field. BG Broome always preached ‘do the right thing and you cannot go wrong’ and he lived by these words. BG Broome’s enthusiasm and devotion to Hargrave will be missed. I wish Don and Donna the very best as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”

At a meeting with the Board Executive Committee, Broome said, “After much prayer and reflection, I believe it is time for new leadership to take Hargrave into the future. Donna and I came to Hargrave because we believed in its mission – we still do. There is a place, and a need, in our nation for Hargrave, which provides young men with focus, structure and discipline. It has been incredibly fulfilling to see young men grow, mature, and succeed. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Hargrave Team during the past six years. As we move into the next phase of life, we wish the cadets and the other members of the team nothing but success in all endeavors.”

A native of Georgia, Broome graduated from Georgia Military College with an Associate of Arts degree. He was commissioned as a 19 year old Infantry Second Lieutenant. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Troy University and master’s degree in history from the Army’s Command and General Staff College.

Broome’s last active duty assignment before retiring was Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Cadet Command, where he was responsible for increasing Army ROTC commissions, revamping the Army ROTC nursing program, and overseeing Army ROTC programs at the nation’s 11 military colleges.

Before becoming Hargrave’s 10th president, Broome lived in Huntsville, Ala., and worked as a consultant for a Fortune 500 Company in Atlanta, Ga., providing strategic planning and exercise support. He and his wife, Donna, have three grown children and three grandchildren.

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