WAYNE, PA. — Dr. Philip W. Townsend Jr. was named dean of Valley Forge Military Academy (VFMA) July 26 at the campus in Wayne, Pa. Dr. Townsend, a member of the Richmond Virginia Chesterfield Stake, will lead a faculty of 40 and mentor a student body of 360 high school cadets. A 1968 VFMA graduate, Dr. Townsend has been a member of the school's staff since 1975. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Utah, a master's degree in library science from Villanova University, and a doctorate in curriculum development from Nova Southeastern University. He was appointed professor of history and the VFMA rank of colonel in 1996.
Attaining the rank of captain in the United States Army, he served in the transportation and infantry branches.
"Phil Townsend is one of Valley Forge's dearest sons, and is the most qualified dean of the academy the school has ever known," said VFMA President Charles A. McGeorge. "He is our first academy dean to hold a doctorate, and his performance clearly sets the standard for future deans of the academy. I have every confidence in his ability to succeed."