Captain Charles L. Stuppard '80
Captain Charles L. Stuppard ‘80
International Student Makes U.S. Military History
Captain Charles L. Stuppard ‘80 is making United States Military history as the only Naval Officer currently in command of both a Navy and an Army base. He has the unique challenge of merging the cultures of two branches of the US Armed Forces--a completely new concept.
This former Design Engineer in Weapon Systems was not always a U.S. citizen. He was born in Haiti and educated in Catholic school, and immigrated to the United States when he was 19. RCC was his first public education. “It was like drinking from a fire hydrant. I loved every minute of it.” Fluent in French and Creole, Stuppard earned As in all of his classes, but initially needed to play catch-up in English.
Transferring to Cornell University was always his goal. “My Physics professor, Mr. Ziegler, steered me towards Engineering. After taking Statics and Dynamics at RCC, I was well prepared to study engineering at Cornell. My sociology professor, Dr. Pollinger, started each class with, ‘Read the New York Times!’ Now I realize how important it is to know what’s going on in the world. The impact of educators on the lives of students lasts a lifetime.”