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New Randolph-Macon president named


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Maj. Gen. Maurice H. Forsyth, U.S. Air Force retired, will step into his new role as Randolph-Macon Academy president on July 1, according to a release sent out by the school on Tuesday morning.

Forsyth will replace Maj. Gen. Henry M. Hobgood, U.S. Air Force retired, who will step down on June 30 after serving as the academy's president for the past 16 years.

Forsyth retired from the Air Force in October 2010, following a military career which included key leadership responsibilities in Air Force professional education systems. He also has training as a navigator and pilot, and has flown more than 3,500 hours, including 730 hours of combat missions, the release states.

After receiving a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and a master's degree in aviation and aerospace operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Forsyth completed an additional master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 1999.

"We had many applicants who were well qualified for the position," said Joseph Silek, chairman of the R-MA Board of Trustees and a 1977 graduate of R-MA. "While this was in no way an easy process or a simple decision, General Forsyth continuously impressed us. In addition to an amazing resume, he has a heart for education and for students, and his values are in line with what the Academy stands for. We feel confident that he will build on the momentum General Hobgood has created at Randolph-Macon Academy, and take the school to an even greater level of success."

Forsyth, quoted in the press release, said he was thrilled and honored to be selected as the new president.

"I enthusiastically look forward to the challenge of building on the excellence that has become a tradition at R-MA under the leadership of General and Mrs. Hobgood.  My wife, Tamara, and I are eager to join the R-MA family of students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni and to become part of the Front Royal community," he said. 


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