In wake of ReVille case, Citadel BOV approves hiring of expert

ReVille (Provided)

By Natalie

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Citadel's Board of Visitor's voted Wednesday to move forward with an investigation into how school leaders handled allegations of child sex abuse.

In 2007 a former summer camper alleged Louis "Skip" ReVille, a former camp counselor, had shown the young boy pornographic material on campus years earlier, according to officials.

The Citadel's leaders say they never reported the allegations to law enforcement, because they claim they lost touch with the victim's family. ReVille was convicted of child sex abuse earlier this year for the reported abuse of dozens of young boys around the Lowcountry over the span of about the last 10 years.

Wednesday, the Board of Visitor's voted to authorize the hiring of an expert who is expected to serve as the liaison between the board and the company to be hired by the board to conduct the review.

"We've asked the attorney general to possibly give us a list," Board Vice-Chair Col. Fred Price said. "We've got several board members that are actively searching and now the SLED investigation is complete. We're ready to move ahead."

Col. Price says the board will choose the expert on August 9th and they hope to choose the company by August 24th.

"What I hope to be accomplished with this investigation is that not only for The Citadel but for the Lowcountry, is that there will be a healing. This will be a healing process. As a father and grandfather I can only imagine what these families have gone through, and my thoughts and prayers go out to them as well as the entire Citadel family's thoughts and prayers," Col. Price said.

Once the investigation is completed, Col. Price says the board will release the results to the public.

Below is the motion approved unanimously Wednesday by the college's governing board:{}

The Citadel Board of Visitors authorizes the hiring of an independent firm to conduct a comprehensive review of the Louis Neal ReVille matter. The first step will be to hire a subject matter expert to serve as board liaison and facilitator.

Qualifications: The subject matter expert should be experienced in higher education, law and policy, with no association to The Citadel. The board authorizes him/her to research and present a list of qualified independent reviewers to the board.

Timeline: The board will select the subject matter expert at a meeting currently scheduled for August 9. The subject matter expert will be asked to present at least three qualified independent review firms to the board during our meeting scheduled for August 24. The board will select and authorize the hiring of the third party independent reviewer.