New President at Fork Union Military Academy Hits the Ground Running at the Historic Military School for Boys in Fork Union, Virginia

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Rear Admiral J. Scott Burhoe arrived on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy early today to begin his service as President of the historic military school for boys in Fork Union, Virginia. Admiral Burhoe recently retired from the United States Coast Guard where he spent the past four years as head of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy.

RADM J. Scott Burhoe meets cadets on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy on his first day as President of the school.

RADM J. Scott Burhoe meets cadets on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy on his first day as President of the school.

At the Coast Guard Academy I've witnessed the power of a holistic education that incorporates the mind, body, and spirit. It is important to educate, develop, and inspire the next generation so they can reach their full potential.

Rear Admiral J. Scott Burhoe arrived on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy, the prestigious military boarding school for boys located in Virginia, early on Monday morning for his first day serving as President, and he hit the ground running. Literally.

In keeping with his normal practice, Admiral Burhoe was up and running at 6:00 am, traveling all over the Academy's campus as he put in five of the twenty-plus miles he runs each week.

Once he cleaned up and arrived at the office in his crisp U. S. Coast Guard blues, he barely slowed down. His first day's schedule was filled with individual one-on-one meetings with various department heads, but even on his very first day, he found himself handling the types of crises that will routinely interrupt his schedule in the days ahead: A cadet violating the Honor Code? Form the tribunal. A young man with a medical emergency? Contact the parents. Television news crews here to report on his arrival? Give them an interview and tour of the campus.

Admiral Burhoe even found time to walk about the campus, engaging summer school students in conversation and seeking to learn more about his new school from their perspective.

"I knew I was going to be going from fire to fire," said Admiral Burhoe about his first day's experience. He is well used to dealing with the typical daily issues of a boarding school, having run one of the nation's leading service academies for the past four years.

Admiral Burhoe was the head of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy from 2007 to 2011, helping transform that institution into the #1 college in the North region, according to the rankings by U. S. News and World Report. The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed the Coast Guard Academy as one of the best colleges to work at for the past two years.

Admiral Burhoe is the Academy's tenth president, but he is the very first to have significant experience as the head of a major college or university. Of the previous nine presidents, five were pastors or chaplains, two were military officers, and two came from secondary school administration or other educational backgrounds. Admiral Burhoe has a keen understanding of just what kind of preparation the young men at Fork Union need to perform at the college level, and he has a proven track record of leading and inspiring the kind of teamwork and unity of effort among staff and faculty required to make an already outstanding educational institution even better.

"Educating young people is the key to America's future,” states Admiral Burhoe. “At the Coast Guard Academy I've witnessed the power of a holistic education that incorporates the mind, body, and spirit. It is important to educate, develop, and inspire the next generation so they can reach their full potential. Fork Union Military Academy changes lives, one student at a time, by helping them make the most out of their lives. I am very excited at the challenges ahead, and look forward to leading this fine school."

Admiral Burhoe locked his office door and headed home at about 6:45pm, his first day, a very full day, finally completed. In his hand he carried a very large satchel, no doubt containing materials he intended to spend his evening reviewing before he begins his second day bright and early on Tuesday morning. Hopefully he will also manage to get a little rest.

Welcome aboard, Admiral Burhoe, and Godspeed!

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