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Dear Warrior Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am saddened to announce that Mark Desjardins, PhD will be retiring as Army and Navy Academy’s president effective immediately. Mark is a world-class educator, and we thank both Mark and his wife, Maro, for their service to our Academy.

During our presidential search in 2021, the Board of Trustees conducted an extensive search for the right leader for the Academy. In that process, all constituencies were represented, including staff, cadets, parents, and alumni. Major General Peggy Combs, US Army Retired, consistently impressed the entire community with her contagious grit and determination. We made a difficult choice among two exceptional candidates.

When the Board was made aware of the president’s retirement, we immediately reached out to Major General Combs. We are pleased to announce that Major General Combs has enthusiastically accepted our offer to become the next president of Army and Navy Academy. She will assume the office on October 17th, 2022. I know that many of you did not have the opportunity to get to know Peggy during that process, but I am confident that she will make the same wonderful impression on you that she did on us!

Until such time that MG Combs arrives, the Academy’s Bylaws call for the Chairman to oversee the operations of Army and Navy Academy. I will do this with the help of other dedicated trustees. I look forward to reporting to you regularly and will be consulting with MG Combs on all Academy business. I have been at the Academy as a parent for five years and a Board member for nine. The members of the Board of Trustees are committed to the success of the Academy and we thoroughly understand the lay of the land. We are here to help.

For your reference, I have attached MG Combs’s resume. I feel certain that our community will benefit from all that she offers, just as our cadets will excel under her tremendous mentorship and leadership.

Warrior Proud! Warrior Strong!

Barry R. Shreiar
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
(Parent of Nick Shreiar ‘14)

Peggy Combs Profile