Citadel selects new commandant

Captain Eugene F. Paluso (Provided)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - The Citadel in Charleston has a new commandant of cadets. U.S. Navy Captain Eugene Paluso is a 1989 graduate of the state military college. He currently commands Naval Special Warfare Group Three at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In that job he commands 700 Navy SEALS and other personnel. Paluso is retiring from the Navy after 25 years to take the position at The Citadel this summer. He will oversee the college's 2,300-member Corps of Cadets.The position of commandant reports directly to The Citadel's President, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. "I am confident that Captain Gene Paluso will be successful as the new Commandant of the Corps of Cadets," said Rosa. "As a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Navy, he brings a wealth of experience that will help shape our young men and women into principled leaders for all walks of life." The Citadel's current commandant, retired Marine Col. Leo Mercado, is retiring after serving since in the post since 2009. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ABC News 4 contributed to this report.