MILLEDGEVILLE — Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV officially began work at Georgia Military College Friday as the 21st president in the school’s 134-year history, retiring from the U.S. Army after 37 years of service.
“I’m now part of the team and the transition period is over,” Caldwell said excitingly Friday afternoon. “I’m privileged to have the opportunity to be able to serve with such talented faculty and staff at a school with a true tradition of excellence.”
Caldwell says his first order of business will be to learn all he can about the school’s programs and services, then turn his attention to developing plans and priorities.
“This school is doing exceptionally well as far as [former GMC president] Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan, and the team did to get us through the last 21 years. I plan to continue on the same path that they’ve set because it has in fact enabled this school to grow and provide a good quality education for the men and women who go to school here. They’ve built such a great foundation, and we want to build on that and look for new opportunities for the school,” Caldwell said. “There’s no reason we cannot continue to grow at campuses in each of our locations. We will sustain what we have, look for new opportunities for growth, expand our presence and continue to assess our programs to make sure it’s still what young men and women want.”
Caldwell plans to meet with nearly 30 senior staff members from all GMC campuses across the state to engage in dialogue Monday morning.
“I will meet with vice presidents and key directors, and bring in our directors from around the state online. I will share with them my operating style and how I want to interact together and function as a team,” he said. “I have visited all of the campuses and met with all directors and administrators. Col. Fred Van Horn did a phenomenal job in terms of leading the college and preparing me for this position. I’m as well prepared for the assumption of my duties as ever before.”