COL James A. W. Rembert
Awarded: Knight Commander’s Accolade – May 9, 2015
Awarded by Knight Commander William E. Dreyer on Saturday, May 9, 2015 during the Annual Theta Commission Induction and Initiation Ceremonies at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Colonel Rembert served in Company “T” while a cadet. Rembert was a leader while at the Citadel serving as a Chairman of the Honor Committee and Cadet Major his senior year. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Army, completing Infantry School, Airborne and Ranger Schools before joining the 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
After his military service, he obtained his MA degree in English at the University of South Carolina and his Ph.D in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a second Ph.D in English at Cambridge University in England. He taught English at the Citadel for 41 years. While a professor, he taught abroad at Jesus College, Cambridge University and was a Fulbright Lecturer at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Canton, China. He also served as a consultant for the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Medal of Honor Museum. He was Associate Editor and Military Affairs Editor for the Charleston Mercury newspaper. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the Palmetto Medal, the second highest award given by the Board of Visitors.
Rembert is married to Celia Childress Rembert, and they have 5 children.
In 2008, per the Kappa Alpha Laws, he was appointed the Chairman of the Theta Commission, by then Knight Commander J. Michael Duncan and re-appointed in 2011 by Knight Commander William E. Dreyer. He also served for six years as the Number I, or president, of the broader Theta Commission, the highly engaged local organization which is the embodiment of the fraternal spirit of the Order. For his leadership in building the Theta Commission into a well-respected and strong unit of the Order and service to both the local brotherhood and national organization, he is deserving of this high recognition.