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COL Steve Pitt Named GMC's Commandant of Cadets

COL Steve Pitt Named GMC's Commandant of Cadets

It is with great pleasure that Georgia Military College announces the hiring of Colonel Steve Pitt to take over as Commandant of GMC’s Corps of Cadets. Pitt has served as Interim Commandant since Colonel Pat Beer’s retirement earlier this year.

Pitt is from North Springfield, VA. He commissioned a Lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1988 after graduation from Appalachian State University, as a Distinguished Military Graduate, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.  During his 26 plus years as a Soldier, he served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Germany and the Middle East before retiring in July of 2015.

Pitt is no stranger to Georgia Military College. He served as Assistant Professor of Military Science, responsible for the Early Commissioning Program Cadets from 1997-2000. He returned to GMC in 2016 where he served as Deputy Commandant for the Corps of Cadets until earlier this year when he took over as Interim Commandant of Cadets.

Pitt says that experience allowed him the opportunity to look at the Corps from a different perspective.

“Serving as Interim Commandant allowed me the opportunity to set conditions, to look at our great programs and introduce some new ones that will help deepen our existing traditions and establish some new ones as well,” Pitt said. “I want it to be tough, demanding, and realistic with all our Cadets and students leaving GMC a better person. We want our graduates to become Ambassadors for GMC and come back to help develop the next generation. I’m excited to continue my mission of helping our Cadets do that.”

Chairman of the GMC Board of Trustees, Randy New, says the decision to make Pitt Commandant of Cadets was an easy one.

“Steve is one of those guys you can tell this is more than just a job for him, he really cares about the Cadets,” New said. “He embodies the character we seek out in our staff. His focus is to see these students succeed. He has done a great job over the last few months as Interim Commandant and I am excited to see him continue to lead our Corps of Cadets at Georgia Military College.”

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV, President of Georgia Military College, agrees.

“We went through a very long, deliberate search to find the most qualified person to serve as our Commandant of Cadets, especially given the significance and importance of that position, and the development of the young men and women that are in our Corps of Cadets,” Caldwell said. “As we looked at all the characteristics that we were focused on—like military background, professionalism, their character, their commitment and dedication to serving others—Steve Pitt just absolutely stood out as the number one choice for us, there was no question.”

Pitt says his mission for GMC’s Cadets has remained consistent since he first arrived in Milledgeville in 1997 and will continue on in this new position.

“I want to set the conditions for our Cadets to “Start Here…Go Anywhere,” Pitt said. “Our Cadets and students are the future leaders of this great nation and their success is our success.”