West Point Welcomes New Commandant of Cadets

By West Point Public Affairs - January 26, 2021


WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Chief of Staff of the Army announced that Brig. Gen. Mark C. Quander will be the next Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy.

Quander graduated from West Point in 1995 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; a Master of Science from the University of Missouri for Science and Technology in Engineering Management; a Master of Arts from Georgetown University in Public Policy; and a master's in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. 

“It is a true honor to be selected as the 79th Commandant of Cadets. It’s my responsibility to ensure we are developing and mentoring our Army’s future leaders of character while preparing our graduates to lead in an increasingly complex and uncertain world,” said Quander. “My family and I are excited for this opportunity and we look forward to joining the academy team. Go Army Beat Navy!”

Quander is an Engineer officer who has been a leader at the strategic and tactical levels. He has three combat deployments that include Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002 and 2011; Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007; and an earthquake humanitarian aid mission to Haiti as a part of Operation Unified Response in 2010. 

He is currently serving as the Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and will replace Brig Gen. Curtis A. Buzzard later this year.  

About West Point 

The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu