Claudius E. Watts III

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Claudius E. Watts III
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Born (1936-11-22) November 22, 1936 (age 81)
Bennettsville, South Carolina, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1958–1989
Rank Lieutenant general
Commands held Comptroller of the Air Force

Lieutenant General Claudius Elmer "Bud" Watts III (born September 22, 1936) is an American military leader and past president of The Citadel Military College of South Carolina from 1989-1996.[1]


Born in Bennettsville, South Carolina, he graduated from The Citadel in 1958, and attended the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Fulbright scholar. He later earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1967. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1962, Army Command and General Staff College in 1972, and National War College in 1978. He also completed the program for senior managers in government at Harvard University in 1983.

He took the position at The Citadel after a career in the United States Air Force. The Watts Barracks at The Citadel is named after him.

He sits on the Board of the Center for Military Readiness.[2] as well as the Board of the Ranch Hand Association.


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