Chief of Staff
Colonel James P. Inman ’86 U.S. Army (retired)
Colonel Jamie Inman ’86 assumed the duties of Chief of Staff on 24 June 2013.
As Chief of Staff, Inman is responsible for coordinating the actions of the Institute’s primary staff officers and ensuring integration of all organizational and Post operations, events and issues. His additional duties include publishing and maintaining all general orders, special orders, and memoranda, and incoordination with the offices of the Registrar and the Commandant of Cadets for official cadet files. He serves as chair of the Institute Planning Committee, composed of senior VMI executives who issue policy guidance and provide advice to the Superintendent.
Colonel Inman is a native of Trenton, Tennessee and he received his Bachelor's Degree in English from the Virginia Military Institute in 1986. He also holds Masters Degrees in Liberal Arts from Louisiana State University and in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.
Colonel Inman's military education includes the Command and General Staff College and the National War College.
His most recent assignment prior to retirement was as the Commander of the National Capitol Region Warrior Transition Brigade. In this capacity he was responsible for all Wounded, Ill and Injured Soldiers in the NCR. Other assignments include Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Cadet Command; Field Artillery Branch Chief, Human Resources Command; Commander 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery,101st Airborne Division; duty at the United States Military Delegation to NATO in Brussels Belgium; and other field artillery assignments as a company and field grade officer.
Military awards and decorations that Colonel Inman has received include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Purple Heart.
He wears US. campaign ribbons for combat duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and Desert Shield/Storm. He is also authorized to wear the Air Assault Badge, Senior Parachutist Wings, Ranger Tab and the Joint Staff Identification Badge.
Colonel Inman is married to the former Lori L. White of Kilbourne, Lousiana. They have two children: Maria and Eric.