R-MA Commandant Sadler to resign

Col. Gary N. Sadler (USAF retired)

Randolph-Macon Academy Commandant Col. Gary N. Sadler, USAF retired, has announced his intention to resign on June 30.

Sadler has served as commandant at the academy since his arrival in 2005, a news release from the Front Royal school announced on Wednesday.

As commandant, Sadler has been in charge of student life through the residential life programs, day student programs, student services and the disciplinary program. Each year, he and his staff have centered the residential life curriculum around themes that focus on the ideas of honor and integrity.

At an honor code signing ceremony, he asked each cadet to sign a page in the newly written honor code book.

He and his staff also created a separate freshman hall for younger students, providing extra guidance while they adjusted to the requirements of upper school residence halls.

His reputation for a commitment to honesty has reiterated the words behind the honor code: “I will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do.”

Sadler has helped the Flight Program attain new records of students earning their solo wings or private pilot certification and has worked closely with Air Force Junior ROTC personnel. Under his guidance the unit won the Distinguished Unit with Merit Award multiple times over the last 10 years.

A frequent guest speaker for Veterans Day events around the area, he also attends various school events with his wife Maureen, also a supporter of campus groups and programs.

They’re a “noticeable presence on campus” who will be missed, R-MA President Brig. Gen. David C. Wesley stated in the release.

“We wish them both the best as they move into this new phase in their lives.”