President William B. Caldwell, IV
Lieutenant General (Ret.) William B. Caldwell, IV is the 21st President of Georgia Military College.
Georgia Military College’s growth has been significant since the arrival of its new president, President Caldwell, on November 1, 2013. New campuses were opened in Fayetteville, Dublin, and Eastman, growing the GMC footprint in Georgia to 12 campuses plus an on-line campus. In each of the three years he has been president, enrollments have set new records, with the most recent year reflecting an 11% increase in enrollments to 13,816 students. At the same time, student success has also improved: graduation rates have increased from 25% to 27% and retention rates have increased from 54% to 56%; both above the national rates. Programs at GMC have also expanded. GMC added Cyber Security and Computer Science to what is now 24 two-year degree program offerings and developed strategic partnerships with high schools, technical schools, and four year colleges to help close gaps with traditionally disadvantaged students. The college now offers two four-year B.A.S. programs developed for Technical School graduates in Georgia to continue with their educational goals. GMC has embraced the Governor’s Move On When Ready/ Dual Enrollment Program, and had almost 1,300 high school students attending courses at GMC. Under President Caldwell’s leadership, the College Corps of Cadets has significantly improved. The average SAT score of freshmen entering the Cadet Corps has risen from 960 to over 1100, physical fitness scores have increased, and GMC is currently recognized as the strongest of the nation’s five Military Junior Colleges. The Corps of Cadets Civic Leader Program, newly implemented, is for students who want to learn and develop leadership skills in a military environment without a follow-on military commitment. The Cadet program is built upon GMC’s core values of Duty, Honor, and Country and emphasizes the four pillars of leadership excellence—academic excellence, physical fitness, leadership development, and self-discipline.
Lieutenant General Caldwell was commissioned as an Infantry Officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point in June 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He went on to earn Master’s Degrees from the United States Naval Postgraduate School and from the School for Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Later, he attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a Senior Service College Fellow. He was also selected to serve as a White House Fellow—one of the most prestigious fellowships in our nation.
In his almost 13 years as a General Officer, Caldwell served at the highest levels of the U.S. Army. Most notably as Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division, Commanding General of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Commanding General of the US Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, and Commander of United States Army North (Fifth Army). He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Effects, and as spokesperson for the Multi-National Force – Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. His combat deployments include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Just Cause (Panama) and Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti), Iraq and Afghanistan.
He also served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Deputy Director for Operations for the United States Pacific Command, and Assistant Division Commander, 25th Infantry Division.
Lt. Gen. Caldwell received numerous awards and recognition, both domestic and foreign, during his 37 years of distinguished service in the US Army and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He and his wife, Stephanie, are both originally from Columbus, GA. Three of their children are students at the Georgia Military College Preparatory School.