MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgia Military College will say farewell to its longest serving president in the history of the college, Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan (Ret.), at the end of the academic term in June and welcome its new 21st president.
“The time the president announced through the Board of Trustees to retire at the end of the school year, we engaged with a search firm to assist us in finding a replacement, which was the Parker Executive Firm out of Atlanta,” said. Col. Fred Van Horn, executive vice president of GMC. “We’ve been working on this for about three months now. By way of going through advertisements and following up on leads that were provided to them through various contacts, [the firm] identified approximately 35 applicants for the position.”
The pool of applicants was refined down to eight in early January. A search committee, composed of 16 members selected by Board of Trustees Chair Randy New, interviewed the eight candidates during a two-day session in Atlanta.
“The selection committee included members of the committee, from the realms of Georgia Military College, and members of staff and faculty. They have now narrowed it down to four applicants. They are people who have had on average 30 years of professional experience, military experience in large measure, have held command and staff positions of very high authority, and are successful in academic, business and leadership environments,” Van Horn said. “In all four cases, they have convinced the selection committee that they’re passionate about higher education and they want to carry that passion out into higher education at Georgia Military College.”
The final four candidates qualified to serve as GMC’s next president are:
• Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV currently serves as the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the command that oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers and training programs located throughout the United States. Caldwell’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Presidential Service Identification Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1976. He earned master’s degrees from the United States Naval Postgraduate School and from the School for Advanced Military Studies at the United States Army Command and General Staff College. Caldwell also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a senior service college fellow.