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August 10, 2011

Birmingham-Southern College President Krulak receives Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award from U.S. Sports Academy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern President Gen. Charles C. Krulak has earned the United States Sports Academy's Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award for his longtime contributions to sport as a varsity wrestler for the U.S. Naval Academy and for his service as Commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps.

Krulak, who began his tenure as BSC's 13th president on June 1, was a standout wrestler at the U.S. Naval Academy and at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He earned induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1996.

A 35-year veteran of the Marines, Krulak was appointed in July 1995 as the 31st Commandant of U.S. Marines Corps and was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired from the post in June 1999 and is credited during his tenure for annually increasing the USMC share of the Department of Defense budget by $1.5 billion to initiate a modernization effort that continues to benefit troops today.

The U.S. Sports Academy, located in Daphne, Ala., presents the Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award annually to an individual in any amateur or professional sport, past or present, who has excelled as a contributor to both sport and society over at least a decade.

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