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The Resignation of
Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ‘62

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Published: October 26, 2020

Statement of John William Boland ’73
President of the VMI Board of Visitors
October 26, 2020

Today, General J.H. Binford Peay III ’62, superintendent of VMI, submitted his resignation to the Board of Visitors. The Board of Visitors accepted it with deep regret.
Gen. Peay has served VMI as superintendent exceptionally well for more than 17 years. Gen. Peay is a great American, patriot, and hero. He has profoundly changed our school for the better in all respects.

Gen. Peay and his wife, Pamela, serve as a model of dedicated service to our nation and the Commonwealth.

We wish them well in their future endeavors.

The Board of Visitors must immediately turn its attention to the search for our new superintendent. In doing so, we will stay focused on our mission of preparing citizen-soldiers from all walks of life. I ask that our alumni remain focused on the positive mission and support the Institute and Board as we secure a future in which the Institute continues to contribute in unique and vital ways to our nation and state.

Mr. John W. Boland ’73
President, VMI Board of Visitors

Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62
Resignation Letter
October 26, 2020

TO: Mr. John William Boland ’73
VMI Board of Visitors

On Friday, 23 October 2020, the Governor’s Chief of Staff conveyed that the Governor and certain legislative leaders had lost confidence in my leadership as Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute and desired my resignation. Therefore, effective today, 26 October 2020, I hereby resign.

It has been the honor of my life to be the Superintendent of VMI for over seventeen years. I always have and always will love the Institute, all of our cadets, alumni and the entire VMI family. Pamela and I pass on our best wishes for the future, and will be cheering you on with great admiration and fondness as your work continues to serve the nation so well.

J. H. Binford Peay III
General, U.S. Army (Retired)

Acceptance of Resignation
President of the VMI Board of Visitors
October 26, 2020

Dear General Peay:

Thank you for your letter of today’s date. Regretfully, on behalf of the Board of Visitors, I accept your resignation. You have profoundly changed our school for the better.

Thank you for your service and devotion to VMI.

Very best wishes to you and Pamela.

Very truly yours,

John William Boland