Virginia Military Institute operates under the philosophy that the measure of a college lies in the quality and performance of its graduates and their contributions to society.
Therefore, it is the mission of those at Virginia Military Institute to develop educated, honorable men and women, prepared for the varied work of civil life, imbued with love of learning, confident in the functions and attitudes of leadership, possessing a high sense of public service, advocates of the American democracy and free enterprise system, and ready as citizen-soldiers to defend their country in time of national peril.
The VMI philosophy is framed by relevant education within a military environment that fosters a lifelong appreciation of physical fitness. It’s an education that develops character, engenders a sense of responsibility to others, and cultivates the ability to master adversity.
The Institute's governing body is the Board of Visitors, whose members are appointed by the Governor. The Board of Visitors has the responsibility of appointing the Superintendent, who is the chief executive officer of VMI.