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Randolph-Macon Academy Selects New President

Front Royal, VA—  The Board of Trustees at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) has selected Brigadier General David C. Wesley, USAF Retired, to serve as the 11th president of R-MA.Gen David Wesley has been selected to serve as Randolph-Macon Academy's eleventh president.

Wesley served as an active duty officer in the Air Force for over 26 years, retiring on June 1, 2014. In his most recent assignment, he served as the Staff Judge Advocate for Headquarters Air Force Material Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH. In that position, he was the principal legal advisor to the AFMC commander and her staff, responsible for all legal services for the 80,000 personnel within AFMC. He had previously served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 4406th Operations Group (Provisional) in Southwest Asia; the 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow AFB, TX; Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, TX; and Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL.

Wesley is also well-experienced in education. He served as the Chief of the Education and Training Branch in the Office of The Judge Advocate General at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C., from 1993 to 1994. From June 1996 to June 1998, he served as an instructor in the Military Justice Division at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. Wesley was also the Commandant at the School from July 2005 to June 2008.

Wesley holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Alabama.

“Randolph-Macon Academy has an excellent reputation and because of that our search for a president drew many impressive resumes from candidates across the country,” said Joe Silek, Chairman of the R-MA Board of Trustees and a 1977 graduate of R-MA. “Gen Wesley’s résumé stood out because he had educational experience as both the commandant and an instructor at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School. He displays a great enthusiasm for what we do at Randolph-Macon Academy, and we are excited to welcome him to the R-MA family.”

“I am honored to have this opportunity to be a part of Randolph-Macon Academy,” Wesley said. “My family and I are looking forward to getting to know the R-MA family and the Front Royal community.”

Wesley’s start date is expected to be mid- to late-March. He will be relocating from Ohio to Front Royal with his wife Lesa and their daughter Sarah.

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.