Meet LtGen William Caldwell, IV

Lieutenant General (Ret.) William B. Caldwell, IV is the 21st President of Georgia Military College.

Georgia Military College has experienced significant growth since the arrival of President William B. Caldwell IV, on November 1, 2013.  New campuses in Fayetteville, Dublin, and Eastman have contributed to the College’s record enrollments and graduation and retention rates.  With now almost 14 thousand students attending one of the 13 campuses, GMC continues to provide educational opportunities for the citizens of Georgia.  GMC has added Cyber Security and Computer Science to the 24 two-year degree program offerings and has developed strategic partnerships with high schools, technical schools, and four year colleges to help close gaps with traditionally disadvantaged students.  Additionally, 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 also embraced the Governor’s Move On When Ready/ Dual Enrollment Program with almost 1.3K 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. He also instituted the Corps of Cadets Civic Leader Program for those who want to develop in the military environment without the military commitment.  The program is built upon GMC’s core values of Duty, Honor, and Country and emphasize 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 and CSTC-A during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Commanding General of the US Army Combined Arms Center at 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 IRAQI FREEDOM.  His combat deployments include Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Just Cause (Panama), 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.