Retired U.S. Marine Commandant Gen. Charles Krulak has been all business since taking over as president of the 1,300-student Birmingham-Southern College a year ago.
While declining to take a salary as the school regains its financial footing, he has worked weekends and gone without a vacation. "We've not had a day off," Krulak said. He's traveled untold miles, meeting every prospective student, visiting the admissions office several times a day. "You almost had to do it. Not just the finances were at risk. It was the reputation of the college. People had to believe we'd be all right."
Despite Krulak's nose-to-the-grindstone approach, there's a bit of playfulness on display in his office: more than 330 plastic toy soldiers arranged on tables, representing the number of incoming BSC freshmen enrolled for this fall.
"I had to have it to keep me motivated," he said. "They represent real, talented kids."