Valley Forge Military Academy president resigns

Posted: August 29, 2012

The President of Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Delaware County has resigned, according to school officials.

Ret. Colonel David R. Gray had previously announced he would retire in June 2013. According to a press release, Gray and the board of trustees "mutually agreed that a more immediate timetable is in the best interest of the institution."

Gray sighted "personal reasons" for deciding to move on from his job.

The private, co-ed, boarding and day school in Radnor Township was founded in 1928. It serves grades seven to 12 and postgraduate education.

Colonel James J. Doyle, USMC (Ret.), who was the school's Superintendent, will take over as interim President while a search is conducted by the board and the school's administration for a permanent replacement.

Doyle joined the school in 2003. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corp after a career that saw combat in Vietnam, Panama, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Doyle commanded the Marine landing force which evacuated the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia. He military honors include two Bronze Stars, three Legions of Merit.

He attended Stonehill College in North Easton, MA as an undergraduate. He has two master's degrees, one from Salve Regina College in Management and the other in Strategic Studies and Defense Decision Making from the Naval War College in both in Newport, Rhode Island.

Contact staff writer Mari A. Schaefer at 610-892-9149, mschaefer@phillynews.com or @MariSchaefer on Twitter.

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