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NMMI alumnus named president of military academy


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The Missouri Military Academy Board of Trustees recently named Brigadier General Richard (Rick) V. Geraci the 11th president of the all-boys academy in Mexico, Missouri.


Originally joining MMA as chief academic officer in March 2017, Geraci was promoted to vice president of the academy on July 1.

As the newly appointed president, he has assumed day-to-day management of the academy.

“BG Geraci has demonstrated impressive academic, operational and strategic leadership at MMA and offers a wealth of military and educational experience to take MMA into the future,” said R. Stribling Koster, chairman of the MMA Board of Trustees. “We look forward to working with him to carry MMA into a new era of education that combines the academy’s traditions, values and core competencies with 21st century innovation.”

Geraci said, “I am honored to assume leadership of MMA, the preeminent military and college preparatory academy in the midwestern and central United States. Since 1889, parents have sought out MMA to challenge their boys, build their resiliency and grit, and help take command of their futures within the structured and disciplined environment only a military academy can provide.

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“Today, we stand solid, proud and ready to expand our transformational impact on cadets.”

Prior to his arrival at MMA, Geraci 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 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.

Geraci is a licensed school administrator and has a Master of Education from Eastern New Mexico University.

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.

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