VMI Alumni Group Questions Superintendent's Larger Bonus This Year

A Virginia Military Institute alumni group is questioning why VMI superintendent Retired Army Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins was given a significantly larger bonus than before, CNN reported.VMI Superintendent Cedric T. WinsVMI Superintendent Cedric T. Wins

Political action committee Spirit of VMI questioned why the VMI Board of Visitors (BOV) had approved a $100,000 bonus for Wins in September.

“SOVP questions what performance metrics the BOV used to make such a generous award and sharp increase,” the group said in a statement. The group voiced that there was “major concern” among alumni and friends about VMI’s direction and a decrease in applications.

Wins – VMI’s first Black superintendent – began leading the school after Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III resigned amid allegations of a racist culture at VMI.

Last year, Wins – who makes an annual salary of $625,000 – received a $25,000 bonus. For his performance during the 2021-2022 school year, the VMI board gave him a $100,000 bonus, said Bill Wyatt, VMI director of communications and marketing.

Wins has led VMI through the COVID-19 pandemic, guided the school through an investigation of diversity and inclusion practices, and launched a diversity, equity, and inclusion program, Wyatt said.


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