Since 1898, Lyman Ward Military Academy, founded as the Southern Industrial Institute, has been dedicated to the development of the whole boy, instilling pride and self confidence in all aspects of his life, while establishing a solid foundation of success through a structured military environment in the pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and personal achievement.

We are proud of each and every young man who walks through our doors, often anxious and concerned about what lies ahead, yet leaving our Academy with the confidence and maturity necessary to succeed in their next steps in life's long journey.

With our many successes, come various challenges, including occasional allegations of hazing and abuse. However, I want you to know that the safety and security of our cadets is at the top of the list of important tasks that we must accomplish each and every day. Please understand that it is the policy of Lyman Ward Military Academy that no member of our community, including administration, officers, faculty, staff or Cadets, may participate, condone, or be involved in hazing of any sort. Any person who violates this policy will be subject to strict disciplinary measures.

We place high expectations on ourselves and our Cadets, and therefore, we ask that every cadet and his parent read and sign our No Hazing Policy, as well as the Academy's Cadet Code and Cadet Regulations which specifically ban the use of hazing in any form or for any purpose. Additionally, we conduct leadership training as a prerequisite before any cadet is allowed assume a position of leadership within the Corps of Cadets and our cadet leaders are under the supervision of our adult staff to assure their proper use of approved leadership techniques in the performance of their responsibilities.

As President of the Board of Trustees of the Academy, I maintain an open door policy and cadets are made aware that they may use this opportunity to report any incidents of hazing or discuss any other issues that may be bothering them directly to me in strict confidence and with the utmost in privacy.

As a potential Cadet, or the parent of a potential Cadet, we invite you to further explore our No Hazing Policy and feel free to contact us with questions.


Albert W. Jenrette Colonel, US Army (Retired) LWMA Board of Trustees

Last school year we had a non hazing related accidental death on campus. Please read more about it

Bill Jenrette

Colonel (Ret) Bill Jenrette

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Colonel Bill Jenrette was born in Conway, S.C. and grew up in nearby Georgetown, S.C. where he graduated from Winyah High School. After graduation he enrolled at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Political Science. As a Distinguished Military Graduate he entered the military with a Commission in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry.

During his military career he served in command and staff position in units within the United States and abroad and advanced to the grade of Colonel at the time of his retirement. His service includes two tours in the Republic of Vietnam, first as a staff officer and company commander in the 1st Infantry Division and later as a District Senior Advisor for Phong Dien District in Can Tho Province, RVN. Following his second tour in Vietnam, Colonel Jenrette was assigned as the JROTC Senior Army Instructor at Lyman Ward Military Academy. During his tour of duty at LWMA the Academy received its first award of the JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction, a tradition that has continued unbroken since that time. Colonel Jenrette also served as the principal Operations Planner in the Northern Army Group, British Army of the Rhine in Rheindahlen, Germany and as Commander of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany. Prior to his retirement he was the Senior Army Advisor for the 63rd Army Reserve Command in Los Alamitos, CA. Following his retirement Colonel Jenrette joined the staff of Lyman Ward Military Academy as the Commandant of Cadets, where he served until 1995 when he resigned to accept a position in private industry.

Colonel Jenrette returned to the Academy in May of 2007 after being elected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the Academy's 8th President. He remained in that position until his retirement on July 31, 2012. He was elected to the Academy Board of Trustees after his retirement as President, and was then elected to to become Chairman of the Board on May 18th 2013, a position he currently occupies.

During his military career Colonel Jenrette received his MA Degree in Administration from California State University and graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.