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VA Women's Institute for Leadership Welcomes New Commandant

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The Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College is the only all-female corps in the country, and now it even has a female commandant.

Brigadier General Teresa Djuric has 30 years of leadership experience in the United States Air Force.

"It's not about dictating how someone should act and being given a position of authority. It's how you take individuals and motivate them to come together as a team and accomplish a goal,” said Djuric.

That's why you won't see Mary Baldwin's new Commandant of Cadets for the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership milling about. She's in the trenches connecting with each cadet.

"Eye ball to eye ball. They're like my first squadron,” said Djuric.

During her career, the four-time commander was in charge of an education center working with high school and college age students on a large scale.

"What I saw is the opportunity to affect individuals and help them aspire to become leaders and find their path,” said Djuric.

So when the founding Commandant of Cadets Brigadier General Mike Bissell announced his retirement, Djuric retired from the Air Force to focus on the leaders of tomorrow.

"These opportunities don't come around very often. And it's what I know I'm best at,” said Djuric.

According to Djuric there are about 100 cadets in the corps. She says she'd like to watch the numbers and the quality of the program continue to grow. She officially started at Mary Baldwin in October. 

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