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Randolph-Macon Academy Welcomes Major General Forsyth

There’s a new president at the Randolph-Macon Academy. The Major General was sworn in Thursday afternoon in Front Royal after working in the Air Force for more than 30 years.

FRONT ROYAL, Va. - There’s a new president at the Randolph-Macon Academy. The Major General was sworn in Thursday afternoon in Front Royal.

Major General Maurice Forsyth has become the tenth president ever at the Randolph Macon Academy since its inception in 1892. The Major General moved to Virginia from his hometown in South Dakota for the job.

“I spent 33 years in the Air Force and retired three years ago, and as my wife would say, I flunked retirement, and it really wasn't time for me to retire yet. I still had a lot of energy and wanted to contribute to society and do something worthwhile,” said Maj. Gen. Maurice Forsyth.

The Board of Trustees at the Academy say Forsyth is the right person for the position because of his Air Force experience and leadership.

“Gen. Forsyth is a retired Major General of the air force and in several of his commands he was in charge of educational institutions for the air force, the last being at Maxwell Air Force base in Alabama. So, he knows how to run a school,” said Joe Silek, of Randolph-Macon’s Board of Trustees.

He says his vision is to keep the school in the directions of the past presidents, while enriching the lives of the students he’ll now get to work with. Thursday’s ceremony officially marks his tenure to the Academy, and also the start of his new journey.

“It just kind of is the end of the journey of us getting here, and now the journey for the academy is just starting, it's an exciting time,” said Maj. Gen. Forsyth.

While the ceremony Thursday marks his official inception, Forsyth took over as president on July first.

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