Charles A. “Tony” McGeorge has announced his plans to retire from his role as president of Missouri Military Academy at the end of the 2019 academic year. The MMA Board of Trustees has named BG Richard (Rick) V. Geraci the eleventh president of the all-boys academy in Mexico, Mo.
“Tony McGeorge has been a dedicated, innovative and enthusiastic leader for MMA since his arrival in 2012,” said R. Stribling Koster, Chairman of the MMA Board of Trustees. “He has enhanced the traditions of MMA, while also building a strategic partnership with William Woods University, elevating the Maroon & Gold fundraising event, leading the beautiful renovations of the Memorial Chapel and Echo Barracks, and overseeing marketing and branding efforts for MMA. We are grateful to Tony for his contributions to MMA and salute his service to the cadets, faculty, alumni and the entire MMA community.”
BG Rick Geraci joined MMA in July of 2017 as the chief academic officer and became the vice president for academics, operations and planning in March 2018. As the newly appointed president, BG Geraci immediately assumes the day-to-day management of the academy, with full responsibilities and authorities.
In order to ensure a smooth leadership transition, McGeorge has assumed the role of president-emeritus and will collaborate with BG Geraci throughout the remainder of the academic year (ending June 30, 2019). In this collaborative role, McGeorge will share his military and independent school expertise and help MMA continue to implement its current service to cadets and its strategic plans without interruption.
“There are tremendous opportunities ahead for MMA, and the Academy is well-positioned to flourish for the long-term,” said Koster. “We are fortunate to be able to conduct a smooth hand-off between these two highly experienced leaders and look forward to working with BG Geraci as he transitions into full leadership of the academy. He has demonstrated impressive academic, operational and strategic leadership at MMA and offers a wealth of military and educational experience to help MMA to continue to thrive.”
Background on BG Richard (Rick) V. Geraci, USA (Ret)
BG Geraci has served as vice president of the Academy since 1 July 2017 with a focus on academics, operations and planning. Prior to his arrival, he was the president of Leavenworth Regional Catholic School Systems and principal of Immaculata High School. Geraci started his career in education as the 22nd commandant of cadets and dean of students at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) after retiring from the U.S. Army as a Brigadier General in 2005. He is a 1975 NMMI graduate and received his commission as an Air Defense Artillery 2nd Lieutenant through the Institute's Army Early Commissioning Program.
Geraci is a licensed school administrator and has a Master of Education from Eastern New Mexico University. He has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Park University, a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University, a Master of Science in Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U. S. Naval War College. In the U.S. Army, he held a variety of staff and command positions in Army Air Defense and the Space and Missile Defense Command, including three deployments in Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Storm, Desert Focus, and Desert Falcon. See a full bio here.
Background on Charles A. “Tony” McGeorge
Charles A. McGeorge – known to most as Tony McGeorge – joined MMA as its tenth president in 2012. Previously he was the principal of McGeorge & Company LLC, which provided consulting services to independent schools and colleges in marketing, strategic planning, organizational dynamics and board relations. He is also the founder and current president of Mustang Scholars’ Foundation, Inc., which provides college scholarships to underprivileged young men and women of promise, character, and intelligence. McGeorge is a former president of Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pennsylvania and was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation. He is a former president of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sino-Soviet History from Boston University and a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania. Charles McGeorge began his business career at Johnson & Johnson where he helped found two operating companies: McNeil Consumer Products Company (Tylenol) and Johnson & Johnson Health Management, Inc. He was a spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson during the Tylenol poisoning crisis that made business history and became a Harvard Business School case study. See full bio here.