President William B. Caldwell, IV
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 President Caldwell on
November 1, 2013. New campuses were opened in Fayetteville, Dublin, Eastman, and Zebulon growing the GMC footprint in Georgia to include our main campus in Milledgeville, 12 community college campuses, and our Global Online College. Last year GMC served 14,240 students. At the same time, student success has improved: the total numbers of graduates has increased from year to year, with 2021 having the largest number of graduates in GMC History with 1,992 graduates. Programs at GMC have also expanded. GMC currently offers 28 two-year degree programs and has developed strategic partnerships with high schools, technical schools, and four year colleges to help close gaps with traditionally disadvantaged students. The college also offers five four-year B.A.S. programs developed for Technical School graduates in Georgia to continue with their educational goals. GMC has embraced the State’s Dual Enrollment Program, and has 3,476 high school students attending courses at GMC. Under President Caldwell’s leadership, the College Corps of Cadets has significantly improved. GMC is a premier Military Junior College – one of only four in the U.S., producing 2nd Lieutenants for the U.S. Army. The Corps of Cadets now also serves as a preparatory school for the United States Military Academy, United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Naval Academy, and the United States Air Force Academy – it is known as the Scholars Program. 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.
Georgia Military College Preparatory School (grades k-12) has also experienced growth under General Caldwell’s leadership, having added third grade in 2019, and now adding grades k-2 for the 2021-2022 school year. With the addition of the elementary grades, GMC Prep School also expanded its campus footprint with the historic preservation and restoration of Jenkins Hall, and new construction of the Prep School Annex. Those buildings now house grades kindergarten through fifth in the Prep School.
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 MultiNational 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 U.S. Army and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He and his wife, Rev. Stephanie Caldwell, are both originally from Columbus, GA. They have three children: a recent graduate (and 2nd Lieutenant) of the United States Military Academy – West Point, a junior at the United States Air Force Academy, and a freshman at the University of Alabama.
We’ve been educating bright minds for well over a century. That’s why a degree from GMC means more than just a great education. It means success.