Robert Troxler '63

I think whether you’re working overseas or in New York City or wherever, the VMI education prepares you to succeed and to meet challenges.”

That’s how Robert C. Troxler ’63 sees the value of a VMI education – and he should know. His bachelor’s degree in English from VMI led him to a five-year stint in the U.S. Army, and then to Harvard Business School, where he earned a master of business administration degree in 1970. After Harvard, Troxler went on to a career of nearly 40 years with Citigroup’s corporate and investment banking divisions, with assignments in both the United States and Europe.

A resident of Geneva, Switzerland, since 1996, Troxler now runs GlobalView Investments S.A., an investment advisory firm serving corporate and high net worth clients in Europe and the Middle East.

Since 2008, Troxler has served as a trustee of the VMI Foundation. Beginning in 2011, he led a campaign among his Brother Rats that resulted in a $21 million gift to VMI at the Class of 1963’s 50th reunion in 2013

For Troxler, giving to VMI isn’t just a feel-good exercise. It’s a commitment to the VMI experience – an experience that consistently produces young men and women able to step up and meet challenges every day.

“It’s the intensity of the VMI education,” said Troxler. “[The cadets] learn how to cope under stress because they have so much else going on. And then, they deliver.”

Troxler credits his undergraduate education for much of his success in the business world.

“VMI did more for me than Harvard,” said Troxler. “It’s the discipline, the intensity, … [and] the building of relationships with classmates that carry you through life in such a positive way.”