Col. Coleman is a VMI alum, class of '95, and has been the director of the Adams Center since his return to VMI in 2012. Previously he was the command historian at U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the Department of Defense headquarters for U.S. forces in Latin America and the Caribbean. From 2003 to 2007, he worked in the Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State. He received an M.A. in history from Temple University in 1997 and completed his doctorate in history at the University of Georgia 2001.
Alex Radsky is a graduate of Davidson College (B.A., Political Science, 2011) and the Ohio State University (M.A., Slavic & East European Studies, 2013). He comes to the Adams Center after spending the previous year as the assistant wrestling coach at VMI and a history tutor in the Office of Athletic Academic Advising. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Alex grew up in Columbus, Ohio and is a heritage speaker of Russian. Alex will be managing a variety of Adams Center projects, including a new initiative involving the preservation of Soviet military records.
Salena Chiep ’16
Cadet Chiep is an international studies major and exercise science minor from Chesterfield, Va. She holds rank in the Corps of Cadets and plans to take a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation. Cadet Chiep was a member of the NCAA Rifle team for two years and is currently on the Powerlifting team.
Austin Bajc ’17
Cadet Bajc is a history major from Allamuchy, New Jersey. Through the Institute Honors Program, he is involved in a wide range of scholarly activities designed to enrich the academic experience of the college’s most outstanding students. Bajc is on the club Jiu Jitsu team and holds rank in the Corps of Cadets. He holds an Army ROTC scholarship
Former Cadet Assistants
John Bolen Jr ’14
John Bolen worked for the Adams Center from August 2012 to May 2014. During that time, he was heavily involved in supporting the center’s strategic planning process; he also helped organize various public events, including the symposium on Western Hemisphere security affairs at Brigham Young University in 2013. Bolen wrote his honors thesis on the evolution of operational art, 1870-1941, under the supervision of VMI professor R. Geoffrey Jensen. He currently serves as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.