Alumnus inducted into National ROTC Hall of Fame
Published date: June 19, 2017
Virginia State University Alumnus and former Professor of Military Science (PMS) Lieutenant Colonel Retired Jona McKee was inducted into the national ROTC Hall of Fame at Fort Knox. This was a significant accomplishment as only seven individuals from across the country were inducted to include a sitting United States Senator and four General Officers.
As a PMS, LTC(R) increased the University's enrollment by more than 100 percent and commissioned more than 260 officers of which 28 were distinguished military graduates. Three of his graduates have earned the rank of General Officer to include GEN(R) Dennis L. Via, former Army Materiel Command Commanding General, and MG(R) W. Montague Winfield, former US Army Cadet Command Commanding General. He served as a personal mentor to GEN(R) Dennis L. Via.
Over a 66-year period, he has helped raise more than $1 million for VSU programs. He founded the VSU Athletic Boosters Club in 1963 and served as its president for 41 years. He purchased the Athletic Club’s first clubhouse. McKee also founded the VSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980, and currently serves as president.
McKee is in the VSU Military Science Hall of Fame, Sports Hall of Fame and the CIAA Hall of Fame. He has served as president of the VSU ROTC Military Alumni chapter for more than 30 years as well as serving on the Board of the VSU Athletic Club as honorary chairman and a member of the Athletic Hall and Wall of Fame Committee.
McKee earned his bachelor’s and master's degrees from Virginia State College (now University), lettered in football, track and baseball. He served as a combat leader in World War II (as a sergeant), Korea and Vietnam.