Developing the Whole Person
Since our founding in 1928, we have a long tradition of developing young men of character. Our philosophy is built on Five Cornerstones: Academic Excellence, Character Development, Personal Motivation, Physical Development, and Leadership.
We are able to achieve this rich, transformative character formation through our integrated military and academic community. Within the context of this structured community, cadets forge life-long friendships through shared experience and hold each other accountable to the values and traditions of the Academy. Our faculty serve as mentors as much as teachers, imparting wisdom and guidance alongside a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. All aspects of student life work together to develop our cadets into young men ready to face challenges ahead.
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Our leadership team is committed to making Valley Forge one of the premier institutes for forming young men and women into the leaders of tomorrow. VFMAC Leader contact information can be found here.
Col Stuart Helgeson, USMCR Ret
Colonel Helgeson was named President of Valley Forge Military Academy and College in March of 2020 after previously serving as Chief Operating Officer, Superintendent and Commandant of Cadets… Read Full Bio
Colonel J.J. Rivera, USMCR
Chief of Staff
Colonel (Col) Julian J. Rivera was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Mathematics from the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant… Read Full Bio
LTC Josh Meyer
Professor of Military Science (PMS)
Lieutenant Colonel Josh Meyer grew up largely in upstate New York and is a 2005 Distinguished Military Graduate from Norwich University where he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in Army Aviation… Read Full Bio
Dr. Paul M. Lea ’87, ’89C
Dean, Valley Forge Military Academy
Dr. Paul M. Lea ’87, ’89C became the Dean of Valley Forge Military Academy in July of 2018.
In his position, Dr. Lea is responsible for leading our Academy… Read Full Bio
I served in the British Army for 37 years, culminating in the last 13 years serving in London as the Garrison Sergeant Major London District. In that… Read Full Bio
Dr. Robert Smith
Provost, Valley Forge Military College
Dr. Robert Smith joined VFMC in 2019 as Chief Academic Officer, before also being appointed Provost of the College in… Read Full Bio
Chief Operating Officer
&Chief Financial Officer
Eric Saul joined VFMAC in June of 2020 as the Chief Financial Officer. In November of 2021 he transitioned to the role of Chief Operations Officer. As part of the… Read Full Bio
Our Commitment is to Building Our Young Leaders of Tomorrow.
We are an international institute focused on developing personal strength in every cadet, opening the door for academic achievement now and in the future.