Commandant of Cadets

Welcome to Virginia Military Institute, a unique college environment for young men and women who seek challenges that go far beyond the academic rigors associated with most state colleges. 

As the Commandant of Cadets, I am responsible for the daily military regimen that sets this college apart.  Whether in the Barracks, on the parade ground or on the athletic fields, it is my mission to continuously create challenging leadership and training experiences that reinforce cadet success while working through VMI’s developmental systems.  

VMI prepares cadets to be whatever they resolve to be.  The challenges encourage the development of the total person for success at VMI and in life.  The individual growth over the four-year journey distinguishes VMI graduates from those of other colleges and universities. It's a tough journey but one well worth taking.

Col. William Wanovich

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