Deputy Surgeon General, Retired
University of the Health Sciences
Senior Vice President, Uniformed Services
CLASS OF 1969
Maj. Gen. Patrick Sculley has a natural drive for success that Washington & Jefferson College helped to accelerate. He began an illustrious military career through the ROTC program on campus and developed valuable critical-thinking skills in the classroom. On the football field, with the support of Coach Chuck Ream, he built his confidence and self-esteem. These opportunities prepared Sculley well for a successful future after W&J. He says, “At W&J, I learned how to think, look over the horizon, and adapt to whatever comes my way.”
Sculley completed a doctor of dental surgery program at the State University of New York at Buffalo before entering the U.S. Army in 1973. He quickly ascended through the ranks to serve as Commander of the 576th Medical Detachment in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. In 1994, Sculley made history by becoming the first commander of the U.S. Army’s Dental Command. Creating this position was an important step forward in improving dental care for soldiers. Sculley also was Commander of the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. His knowledge of health and medicine led to his promotion to Major General and designation as Army Deputy Surgeon General. He also served as Chief of the Army Dental Corps and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Medical Command. Sculley was selected as the 2001 Federal Health Care Administrator of the Year by the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.
After 29 years of service, Sculley retired from the U.S. Army, but not from his career. He began working in the private sector through Sigma Xi, a society that promotes and honors scientific achievement. As executive director, Sculley created the Sigma Xi Center, implemented key strategic planning, and reorganized administrative processes to better support the society’s goals. Sculley later returned to his military background by becoming deeply involved with the work of the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum Foundation, where he is now chairman of the board. Through this role, he is advancing the legacy to which he passionately dedicated his career.