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Virginia Military Institute (VMI) is a public, Baccalaureate I, four-year coeducational college founded in 1839 in Lexington, Virginia by the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is controlled by a Board of Visitors whose members are appointed by the Governor. The Board of Visitors appoints the Superintendent (president) of VMI. The Superintendent's Executive Cabinet is comprised of five members: Deputy Superintendent (Finance and Administration); Deputy Superintendent (Academics and Dean of the Faculty); Commandant of Cadets; Dean of Academic Support and Cadet Services, and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

It is the mission of the Virginia Military Institute to produce educated and honorable men and women, prepared for the varied work of civil life, imbued with love of learning, confident in the functions and attitudes of leadership, possessing a high sense of public service, advocates of the American Democracy and free enterprise system, and ready as citizen-soldiers to defend their country in time of national peril.

VMI is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - the Commission on Colleges. Specific departments have additional accreditation. They are:

Chemistry: American Chemical Society
Civil Engineering: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
Electrical Engineering: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
Mechanical Engineering: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

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