R-MA names new president

Brig. Gen. David C. Wesley has been chosen to lead Randolph-Macon Academy as its 11th president.

Wesley replaces previous president Maj. Gen. Maurice H. Forsyth, who resigned on Sept. 19. Jonathan Ezell, academic dean of the upper school at R-MA, has served as acting president since then.

Wesley served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force for more than 26 years, retiring on June 1, according to a release sent by Randolph-Macon Academy on Monday.

The release states that Wesley served as the staff judge advocate for the 4406th Operations Group in Southwest Asia, for the 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas, for the Headquarters Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas and for the Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Most recently, he served as the staff judge advocate for the Headquarters Air Force Material Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Wesley also served as the chief of the education and training branch in the Office of The Judge Advocate General at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the release states, and served as an instructor in the Military Justice Division and as the commandant at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

He graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of science in business administration, and received a master of science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a juris doctorate from the University of Alabama.

Joe Silek, chairman of Randolph-Macon’s board of trustees, said Wesley was selected from the 70 candidates from around the nation who applied to the position.

“He’s mature, he has educational experience in his Air Force career, he used to be an instructor, of course JAG School and commandant of that school, and that’s what really attracted us to him in particular,” Silek said.

“He’s a great leader and we feel he can bring us forward in the 21st century,” he added. “He’s a really nice guy on top of that.”

Wesley lives in Ohio and will be moving to Front Royal with his wife and daughter. Silek said Wesley will start the job in March.

Randolph-Macon Academy is a college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9 through 12 participate in the school’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and can participate in a flight program.

The school is located at 200 Academy Drive in Front Royal.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com