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Valley Forge Military Academy & College Gets Revamp from President Stacey R. Sauchuk (UNREAL)
Maine Line Today ^ | June 19, 2013

Posted on 06/20/2013 4:54:53 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

Valley Forge Military Academy & College Gets Revamp from President Stacey R. Sauchuk

A a female civilian head of a military academy with an 80-plus year history, there's no doubt Sauchuk has her work cut out for her. But with a hefty resume and clear goals, Sauchuk may give the institution a much-needed about-face.

By J. F. Pirro Published June 19, 2013 at 04:58 PM

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SHE’s IN CHARGE: New president Stacey Sauchuk on the campus of Valley Forge Military Academy & College. (Photo by Jared Castaldi) SHE’s IN CHARGE: New president Stacey Sauchuk on the campus of Valley Forge Military Academy & College. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)

In the midst of its 85th alumni celebration this spring, so many students at Valley Forge Military Academy & College wore literal and figurative badges of honor. In a special video, a poised Shenika Walker wanted the world to know that she’d learned perseverance and patience at the school. She’s now enrolled at Ball State University.

Looking on, Stacey R. Sauchuk couldn’t have been prouder. “You walk this campus, and it’s just an amazing experience,” says the school’s new president, who took the helm last month. “You don’t get saluted many places anymore.”

Sauchuk calls herself an “out-of-the-box hire.” Talk about an understatement. She is the first female civilian president at a private military academy and college in the country. As it turns out, her education, business experience, skills and leadership style were a spot-on match for the job.

Born and raised outside Baltimore, Sauchuk came to the Main Line to attend Eastern University, where she studied for a career in social work, graduating in 1981. She later served on Eastern’s board of trustees.

Sauchuk eventually gravitated toward sales, and then it was on to graduate school at Temple University. She became a psychologist and returned to social work, managing programs for a child-welfare agency in Philadelphia. More recently, Sauchuk served as COO for ESF Summer Camps in Haverford. She also had a tenure as president and CEO of the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Sauchuk arrives on VFMA&C’s Wayne campus during a time of declining enrollment and administrative turnover—and she’s poised to make some serious changes. “We have to preserve what’s great and rich about this experience, but we also have to be innovative,” she says. “What’s unique is the military model, but where do we fit in anymore?”

During the job-interview process, the message from the school was loud and clear: Return the focus to the cadet experience, further academic excellence, boost retention, focus on development, and grow enrollment by “fixing the marketing engine.” That means changing the outside perception that VFMA&C is a school for the “bad kids.”

“It’s not,” Sauchuk says.

Other crucial positions at the school remained unfilled until the president was hired. Sauchuk is responsible for hiring a director of development, a commandant and an athletic director. She will live on campus but keep her home in Gladwyne.

At the top of Sauchuk’s to-do list: establishing evening and weekend programs for veterans and regular folks to help fill empty classrooms. She also must ferret out new revenue streams while preserving and utilizing VFMA&C’s prime asset—its 100-acre physical plant.

Other than seeing cadets at parades and other events around Wayne, Sauchuk hadn’t had much exposure to the school. Then, as board chair at Eastern, she was involved in a 20-acre land purchase the university made from VFMA&C in 2010. After being on campus, she walked away with a “wow.”

Perhaps it’s as much of a “wow” as the institution is getting for naming a woman as its president. And she’s nonmilitary, too. “That duo is pretty significant,” says Sauchuk. “But the vast majority of those who’ve reached out have been positive. They’re so excited that Valley Forge has the vision to try something different. There will be naysayers, but that doesn’t bother me. If this hire does anything, it makes a huge statement right out of the gate that it will not be business as usual.”

Her gender wasn’t even discussed among alumni at their spring gathering. And when the announcement was made to faculty and staff in the campus chapel, it was met with a standing ovation. “It wasn’t our intent to make a statement,” says William R. Floyd Jr., a 1963 graduate and chairman of the school’s board of trustees. “Everyone has said that she will make a difference for Valley Forge.”

While the academy remains male-only, the college opened its doors to women in 2006. Among 250 students, 19 females are enrolled at the college. VFMC had been the last all-male junior military college in the country. “We began to realize that we were out of step with history and out of step with the business world,” says retired Marine Col. James J. Doyle, who had served as interim president since last August. “We’ve begun to assimilate, and it’s been a very successful transition. All signs say that we’ll have more women enrolled next year than we ever have. Some of that is having our new president. We’re poised for growth.”

Valley Forge Military Academy & College saw its biggest success (thus far) in the late 1960s, when enrollment peaked at 1,169. Today, it’s just shy of 500. Sauchuk would like to see those numbers come full circle. “We need to get the real Valley Forge story out there,” she says. “We’re not so much a military school as a leadership school.”

Sauchuk is not about to water down the military model, but does say the institution needs to become “kinder, gentler.”

“It’s no longer about scaring 12-year-olds by waking them up to do push-ups,” she says. “The old guard may forever say, ‘When we were here, we had to buff the floors, then shine our shoes.’ But that world has changed.”

Sauchuk speaks of building relationships, a collaborative spirit, feminine intuition and a need to be inclusive to enable staff members. She’s not a dictatorial type. “The smartest [people] are not in this room,” she says. “They’re out on campus, and I want them to know that they can come in and say that they have a great idea. As an administrator, if you’re not listening to what’s happening on the shop floor, you can’t be an effective leader. Once others feel you’re approachable, their creativity opens up.”

“It’s no longer about scaring 12-year-olds by waking them up to do push-ups,” she says. “The old guard may forever say, ‘When we were here, we had to buff the floors, then shine our shoes.’ But that world has changed.”

Obviously, Sauchuk has a philosophy—but that philosophy has to be practical. She has to make headway in a short amount of time to align the agendas of numerous stakeholders. Floyd describes her as a good listener, pragmatic, highly interpersonal and emotionally intelligent. In the past, Floyd says, VFMA&C has made the assumption that a candidate with a military background could settle in as a successful administrator. “That hasn’t always been the case,” he says. “Drop and give me 50 push-ups doesn’t fly anymore.”

The academy has modified plebeian training to provide a “soft landing”—at least for the first 10 days, when incoming students can meet teachers and enroll in an ESL course, if necessary, among other things.

“This doesn’t mean we’re going to get soft or dilute what we deliver,” says Floyd. “But it does mean we recognize that we’re living in 2013, not 1963.”


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I went to VFMA in the late 80s and was not a problem kid. I was sent because of the education standards and my father had just died recently and I needed the male figure support in my life. It was HARD. Especially as a plebe. I am telling you...her words about softening it and quote "Sauchuk speaks of building relationships, a collaborative spirit, feminine intuition and a need to be inclusive to enable staff members." Is just about the final nail in the coffin of this once great institution.

I lived in Wheeler Hall which is where all of the shots were used in the movie TAPS for the bunker scenes. Tom Cruise and Tim Hutton were killed in my exact room you see in the film and no there is no front gate there at the end of the main area. To this day you can see bricks and walls that had to be replaced due to the ending battle scene.

She is going to bring a collaborative spirit and build a feminine intuition? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Take away the name military from the title of the school. I had to brace and be put in the front leaning rest numerous times for crap I had nothing to do with but if someone in our company screwed up...we all went down for it. It made me one thing...deathly scared of ever going down the wrong path in life and her tactics sound more like she is grooming another generation of wusses and excuse makers.

1 posted on 06/20/2013 4:54:53 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

I notice she is laughing and smiling standing on “Old Man’s Walk”. God...if there was one thing you rarely did it was stand around and laugh on OMW. Times have indeed changed.


2 posted on 06/20/2013 4:56:15 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Rosie O'Donnell’s son attends this school. Could that have anything to do with this Lifetime Movie Chick's being named Head of the school? Just askin’...
3 posted on 06/20/2013 5:00:24 PM PDT by utahagen
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I did NOT know that...actually that is quite fascinating to learn and it takes one second of reading your post to automatically believe there is some fiscal influence there from Rosie. Hmmm...starting to come together there utahagen.


4 posted on 06/20/2013 5:01:57 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
As part of "kinder, gentler" there are new uniforms:


5 posted on 06/20/2013 5:05:44 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: My Favorite Headache
I was please by your post because. After I posted, I feared people would think I was implying the new Head of School is a lesbian, which I was not! But you got it: I was wondering if RoO’D donated enough money to demand the school appoint a candy-ass to lead it. That probably wasn’t the case, but who knows?
6 posted on 06/20/2013 5:11:12 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: My Favorite Headache

I have been on the campus a few times, most recently at a Romney campaign appearance and a luncheon appearance by Donald Rumsfeld. The cadets were impeccable and are a credit to this institution. I don’t recall hearing of a single incident in local news about bad behavior from these cadets. And it always made me feel pride to see them walking the sidewalks of Wayne in their long grey coats and uniforms.

While I understand your concern, I’m willing to give it a chance. It did have a reputation for enrolling kids that needed ‘extra guidance’. In my youth, I knew at least 2 families who sent their sons there for that reason. Enrollment has been in decline..and I hope that improves. There are some areas of the campus that need repair and I would hope she concentrates on enrollment and funding. Getting a top shelf Commandant, staff and instructors will be paramount. I hope she is up to the task. I live about 15 miles to the West...and the Academy IS Wayne. Norman Scwartzkopf was a cadet and graduated from there..and we could always use more men like that.


7 posted on 06/20/2013 5:12:41 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Our enemies are pi**ing their pants laughing at how easy it's going to be to conquer us.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

8 posted on 06/20/2013 5:14:08 PM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTUQ8yOI2c)
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..Who are in charge now?? generation of wusses and excuse makers.
When things go bad I’ll certainly call her for help.


9 posted on 06/20/2013 5:15:57 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: SueRae

My two earlier posts should not be construed as critical of the school. I am considering sending my own son there (to the boarding school) in a few years. I believe it is a fine school. In fact, it wasn’t until I read this article that I ever heard anything about this school’s being a haven for “troubled” kids.


10 posted on 06/20/2013 5:18:11 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: My Favorite Headache
Sauchuk is not about to water down the military model, but does say the institution needs to become “kinder, gentler.”

So...she's going to water it down.

11 posted on 06/20/2013 5:21:04 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: utahagen

None taken. And those days were decades ago. I don’t know about more recent years. I can tell you that the times I was there I saw wonderful young men and women. When Rumsfeld came to visit, they did a presentation outdoors, drills, bands, mounted brigades. It was impressive. And he took the time to talk with many of them personally...and got them laughing. It was a great day. Have you visited there yet?


12 posted on 06/20/2013 5:22:51 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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“But it does mean we recognize that we’re living in 2013, not 1963.”

You got it chief! Back in 63, we didn't have a bunch of crazyass Muzzies flying airliners full of American women and kids into buildings. Moron.

13 posted on 06/20/2013 5:23:24 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (McCain and "The Flake" have got to go.)
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I went to VF in the late 90’s for academics as well I’m appalled at how much things have changed for the worst since graduating. Discipline has gone down the toilet along with military standards and tradition.

Its clear the board did not learn the mistake they made with Tony McGeorge. Now THIS??? I predicted VF would turn into a prep school at some point. Clearly I was right.


14 posted on 06/20/2013 5:25:08 PM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: My Favorite Headache

transgender bathrooms yet?


15 posted on 06/20/2013 5:27:45 PM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

BAM! CASE CLOSED.


16 posted on 06/20/2013 5:39:03 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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Perhaps all the soy-estrogen has finally taken its toll on American men.

A lot of men certainly seem to be overcompensating. (For instance: the recent glut of super-size-me pickups, equipped with barricade-busters and winches - in case we run into trouble on the way to the car wash??) It’s like a “Home Improvement” nation out there, where we’re expending time, money, and effort on “manliness-substitute”.

Now even our military academies are being polluted with femininity. And American manhood is impotent to resist it!

Something has happened to our collective manhood. And blaming it on women or government schools or faggots just doesn’t convince me any more. There must be something else at work here, another factor (or factors).


17 posted on 06/20/2013 5:42:11 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: SueRae
Any school that has the good sense and taste to invite Donald Rumsfeld to speak...is alright with me!
18 posted on 06/20/2013 5:53:43 PM PDT by utahagen
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Will the male cadets cry when they have to do pushups. When do they start catering to gays and transgendered cadets?


19 posted on 06/20/2013 5:54:17 PM PDT by mohresearcher
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Sauchuk is not about to water down the military model, but does say the institution needs to become “kinder, gentler.”

Another PA landmark gets shafted!

Ping.

20 posted on 06/20/2013 5:55:31 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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The push up’s never bothered me...it was being left in the front leaning rest for 20 or 30 mins barehanded in 20 degree weather and flurries coming down. I’ll never forget when our 3 DAY...NOT 10 DAY..BUT 3 DAY...Plebe introduction ended...the soundtrack to Apocalypse Now came on blaring over a huge speaker system they had in the CQ booth and the junior college officers came in and put black bomb blankets over our windows and started screaming at us to get our asses into the hall. It was pitch black...it was meant to scare the crap out of all of us but I knew better from having been through enough abuse at the hands of my older brother to not be scared of these guys but to respect their rank.

After 45 mins of chaos in the hall we all we brought downstairs in Wheeler Hall to the showers and told to put on every article of clothing we had been issued...gloves included and to have on our rain boots as well. All of the showers were turned on full steam with hot water and it was totally dark...all of us put into the front leaning rest and you could hear the sounds of people passing out.

Back upstairs they gave us 5 mins to dry off and then back to the hall where in the dark again we were told to brace, do push ups, squats, and answer back in correct order as directed. As that was going on you had a Captain who was walking down the hall hitting a rifle butt on the ground as he walked...your heartbeat went to it as he would speed it up and slow it down.

Crazy shit I tell ya. But yeah...it’s 2013...and the wussification of the American male has been completed courtesy of Hollywood making every male figure on TV or film to look totally incapable of doing anything without a woman or wife correcting it or just doing it herself. People have made heroes out of single mom’s or divorced mom’s who get massive checks in child support and keep the Dad out of their lives and bring in man after man after man into the house as they “try out” the next sucker.

Men have been degraded to sperm donors with paychecks. I could go on for hours about this topic. But what’s the point? From Gays in the military to kicking a kid out of school for making a gun out of a pop tart...we are pretty much done for as the nation we once knew and grew up in.

Thanks MTV/Viacom! You did your part!


21 posted on 06/20/2013 6:12:14 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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I went to the Jr. college at the time in 67-69. I think that was the high water mark for students at the time! Sunday Parades were awesome! There was a lot of hazing going on. I guess what didn’t kill you made you strong. Two years I’ll never forget!


22 posted on 06/20/2013 6:13:59 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: Albion Wilde; Tribune7; TAdams8591; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; wireman; Mr. Binnacle; brityank; ...
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23 posted on 06/20/2013 6:24:23 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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WHY would their Board want to purposely DESTROY their own institution this way? WHY???


24 posted on 06/20/2013 6:30:48 PM PDT by montag813
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To: LearsFool
nothing to do with this school or even this article, but what you said about American men is so true....

men are overcompensating as you said....the ugliness shown on mens movies, their magazines, their music, their sports, their radio.....its just too much over the top....like to prove how much testosterone they have, they have to be especially cruel and caustic towards women....

what has happened to our world?....

at least I happily had a good father, and happily have a good husband.....

25 posted on 06/20/2013 6:37:29 PM PDT by cherry
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“...her tactics sound more like she is grooming another generation of wusses and excuse makers.”

That seems to be the name of the game these days. A pity, but there it is.

Never mind. In thirty or forty years, everyone will be speaking Chinese anyway. They’re the only ones left who continue to realize that the hard road is often the only road to success.


26 posted on 06/20/2013 7:09:44 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I knew some VF guys when I was at Norwich. The started miles ahead of the rest of us.

But last year, I read about the gay parade at the ‘wick. Stunned was the word that best described the reaction I had. And that quickly moved to anger.

These schools are so concerned with keeping up with the Jonses to get cash, they sell their souls.


27 posted on 06/20/2013 8:04:22 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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Well that’s another school off my list.


28 posted on 06/20/2013 8:07:33 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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J. D. Salanger went there. In Catcher in the Rye, he calls the school Pensy. We would hop on the train to Philliy in uniform so we could get into all the Army/Navy after game parties, coming back was a trip, we would stop at the local Fried chicken place and load up before we had to go to the OD’s office to sign back in and hopefully did not get accused of drinking or being drunk. A friend of mine got caught once and lieu of being kicked out he got 100 demerits and 100 punishment tours on the parade field and no leave for the rest of the school year. Extreamly beautiful campus in the spring with all the the Dogwoods blumeing!


29 posted on 06/20/2013 8:27:47 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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Oops blooming!


30 posted on 06/20/2013 8:29:23 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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