When looking for colleges, Gregory Lippiatt ’09, Ph.D. and Rhodes Scholar, liked VMI’s single sanction honor system.
“It was no nonsense,” he said, talking about the Honor Code. “You knew where you were. If you stay on this side of the line, you’re OK. If you go to the other side, you’re not.”
He was “thrilled” when he learned he had been selected for an Institute Scholarship. “It meant I could go to VMI and not have to worry about any limitations financially. What I really wanted to do became possible.”
VMI gives cadets the opportunity to learn a “great deal” about themselves. For Lippiatt, this began with the Rat Line and carried through to academics. With the encouragement of faculty and staff, he applied for and received a Rhodes Scholarship. He is the 11th VMI Rhodes Scholar. He studied at Oxford University and returned to VMI for one semester as an adjunct professor in 2017.
“It was a lot of fun to be back in Lexington, not as a cadet,” he said, smiling. His time as an adjunct provided him with another great VMI experience.
Lippiatt, a professor at Exeter University in the United Kingdom, continues to use the lessons he learned at VMI.
Victoria Ferris Assistant Director of Reunions
The assistant director of reunions aids in providing planning and oversight for the annual calendar of scheduled reunion events, with a goal to enhance the class reunion experience, alumni engagement and to increase the donor base.
Christian Heilman Digital Content Manager
The digital content manager is responsible for creating original video and multimedia materials, as well as developing and editing web and digital content. The manager is responsible for platform coordination and troubleshooting, to include the VMI Alumni Agencies’ primary websites, digital newsletter and other digital platforms.
Molly Rolon Associate Editor/Writer
The associate editor/writer assists the editor-in-chief in various tasks relating to the production of quarterly and monthly publications, as well as prepares written materials for publication. The associate editor serves as liaison between class agents and chapter presidents and the Agencies’ publications, as well as provides backup photography for events.