Category Archives: President’s Reports

PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2018 – 2019

As we look back on the phenomenal 2018-2019 academic year at Georgia Military College, we also reflect upon the past 140 years of our history providing character-based education for generations of students. Since 1879, GMC has written an overarching student-centric story of hope, opportunity, leadership, and excellence in everything we do.

The successes we celebrate today are a reflection of the work of those who came before us. For more than a century, dedicated and determined members of our GMC Family have committed their time, talent, and treasure to make a difference in the lives of our students. Today we stand on the shoulders of all those who have worked tirelessly over the past 140 years to make GMC a premier educational institution.

Providing students with the best facilities is an important priority. We continue to invest in the future of our students through newly built and renovated structures. In 2018, we began construction on our new Prep School Annex, along with the renovation and restoration of historic Jenkins Hall, as well as building the second phase of our GMC-Fayetteville campus. Each project was completed and ready for students in the fall of 2019.

We were excited to welcome back fourth and fifth grades at our Prep School in the fall of 2018 and third grade in the fall of 2019. The additional elementary school grades were enthusiastically received by our community and classes filled quickly. We started our own traditions with our youngest students, including “High-Five Friday” held every week during morning drop-off at the Prep School Annex, where our high school students welcome the third- through fifth-graders to school; the “Bulldog Buddies Program,” where seniors are selected and partnered as “buddies” for our third-graders and have monthly programs; and our “West Gate Entrance Walk” for our new third-graders as they walk onto the GMC campus for the very first time.

GMC Junior College and our redesignated Global Online Campus continue to excel in terms of student enrollment and graduation numbers. Our Dual Enrollment program and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree programs enrolled both a higher number of students and produced more graduates than in any previous year in our history. Our Global Online Campus also had our 50th BAS graduate in the fall of 2019, with many more in the program.

A key mission at GMC is to develop military leaders. We are thrilled to report the leadership and staff of our Corps of Cadets worked exceedingly hard to recruit and retain a greater number of cadets and to expand existing programs at GMC. And in the fall of 2019, we expanded our Corps of Cadets Service

Academy Preparatory Program to now serve as a preparatory school for four prestigious U.S. service academies with over 40 “scholars” in our Corps.

As GMC moves toward our sesquicentennial year in 2029 and beyond, we will continue to invest in the success of our students with a master plan that includes adding additional GMC Junior College campuses and expanding our existing campuses throughout Georgia. Additional athletic facilities and improvements are also included in the master plan.

Strategic plans for the Prep School continue to place an emphasis on the fine arts as a powerful means to advance the character-based education it has provided students for more than a century. A proposed Fine Arts Center for Education would provide our Prep School and Junior College students a state-of-the-art educational, exhibition, and performance venue to further explore and expand on their creative endeavors.

We are extremely grateful to every GMC stakeholder and friend. Each of you is a vital part of the success of GMC. You, too, have selflessly given of your time, talent, and treasure. I am honored to be part of the GMC Family as we move forward into an exciting future working together to accomplish even more for our students and the College.

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2017 – 2018

I couldn’t be more proud of our first elementary school classes in 80 years, and I’m excited for the opportunity to share with our young people the treasured values of Georgia Military College.

It’s amazing to look back at the last five years and see how much GMC has grown in a short amount of time. Since 2013, we’ve opened five new college campuses in Fayetteville, Dublin, Eastman, Albany, and Zebulon as well as adding three bachelor’s degree programs which have already produced 15 four-year college graduates. We are creating educational opportunity across the state of Georgia, and students are seizing that opportunity. Today, students from 92 percent of Georgia’s 159 counties attend classes at one of our GMC campuses.

To create more educational opportunities in our Prep School, we’ve broken ground on an Annex to the Prep School. This Annex will provide students with computer labs, reading and testing rooms, a multipurpose room, a combined cafeteria and auditorium, and a 1,428-square-foot visual arts studio. The Annex will be an invaluable resource where students will discover their own creativity and fall in love with the arts. They’ll discover the endless potential of their own intellect and that hard work and dedication pay great dividends.

Your support for GMC has been invaluable! So much of the success of the last few years was made possible by the generosity of our outstanding GMC Family, our wonderful alumni and friends. We’re in the business of creating opportunities and expanding possibilities, and without your support, we could never have achieved so much success in so short a time. We can’t thank you enough for helping to brighten the future and unlock the potential of so many young people.

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV
President of Georgia Military College

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2016 – 2017

I am excited to share with you great news about Georgia Military College and the positive impact we are having across the state of Georgia, both in our College program and in our Preparatory School (grades 6-12).

As you know, GMC is an open admissions institution – we accept anyone into our college with a high school diploma or a GED. Striving to keep tuition affordable, our focus is on student success, making education more accessible and keeping operating costs as low as possible. We are fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and were reaffirmed for another ten years, in June 2017, without a single finding, recommendation, or observation; a rare, positive achievement.

We offer 24 Associate degree programs, as well as three Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree programs in Business Management, Supervision and Management, and Supply Chain Management and Logistics. GMC developed these three BAS degree programs to provide a pathway for technical college graduates who have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree to obtain their four-year degree. We are excited that our first two students from the Technical College System of Georgia received their four-year degrees this fall!

We offer non-traditional alternatives to facilitate a diverse student body, which is an important objective in the continued execution of GMC’s mission. We are also proud to be one of only four Military Junior Colleges in the nation, with select graduates being commissioned as U.S. Army officers in a federally approved two-year early commissioning program.

In addition to the success of our College, our Preparatory School continues to excel in meeting the mission of “developing the intellect and elevating the character” of the students we serve. We are a public, independent school serving not only our home of Baldwin County, but also nine other surrounding counties. For over 90 continuous years, our Prep School has been accredited by AdvancEd/SACS/CASI with our faculty and administration all holding valid certificates issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

The unique combination of our college-preparatory academic program, our leadership development through JROTC, our emphasis on “Character Above All” for every student, and our side range of extra-curricular activities from athletics to military to fine arts to community service enables us to continue a 138-year tradition of graduating educated, contributing citizens who are prepared to make a difference in our world.

We are extremely grateful for your support of Georgia Military College as we continue to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV
President of Georgia Military College

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2015 – 2016

One opportunity can be the difference between a life that changes the world and a life unused. Undiscovered talent, unrealized potential, and unchallenged minds are all tragedies that can be averted by one opportunity. At GMC, we strive to create opportunities. Within the walls of our Junior College and Prep School, talents are discovered, potential is unlocked, and minds are challenged.

We inspire students to expand their worlds and we set them on a path to become contributing members of society.

We’ve dedicated every institutional gear and cog to students’ success, and we’re seeing the results. Over the last year, we’ve been able to raise our 3 year graduation rate, our fall-to-fall retention rate, and we’ve raised the number of degrees awarded to our students by 18 percent!

On top of that, enrollment in our online campus has grown by 48 percent. That means we’re providing educational opportunities to students in rural areas, non-traditional students, and home bound students that 20 years ago nobody would have dreamed possible.

I’m so proud of what our faculty, staff, and leadership have accomplished in such a short time because I know what’s at stake. Young people have big dreams, and a strong education is key to realizing those dreams. “That’s why we’ve signed 43 articulation agreements with top-notch colleges and universities, 39 of them with guaranteed admission, to make sure that students who start here at GMC are able to go anywhere. Start Here… Go Anywhere!”

Our dual enrollment program has grown by 300 percent, creating countless opportunities for high school students to earn college credit. This year alone, we have over 1,350 high school students who have taken on the academic challenge of our college classrooms and are doing so with great success.

GMC also enrolled 38 students in our brand new B.A.S. program. Our first ever bachelor’s degree program.

And there are moments here at GMC that can’t be measured by statistics. On Patriot Day, our prep school students chalked the campus walkways with the names of 10,000 men and women who died in the September 11 attacks and the War on Terror. Days like that don’t change the numbers on a balance sheet, but they make me proud to be part of a school that still teaches lessons about sacrifice and love of country – a school where values like duty, honor, and country will never be replaced with weaker, more convenient values that ask less of our students.

Of course, we could not have done any of this without you – we are so thankful for your generosity! From the classroom to the athletic field to our cadet corps, you’re providing opportunities that couldn’t have existed without you, and there’s no limit to how far our students might run with those opportunities. After all, curing a disease begins with a chemistry class and winning a medal of honor begins with a profound love of country, both of which can be found on our campus alongside countless other paths for the future.

And even as we celebrate the opportunities we created yesterday and today, we keep clear eyes on the ones, which together, we’ll create tomorrow.

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV
President of Georgia Military College

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2014 – 2015

What does “opportunity” mean to you? To me, it means a combination of circumstances that allow students to prepare themselves for broader experiences. At Georgia Military College, all students have endless opportunities to start with our college and truly go anywhere upon transferring or graduating. I’m happy to report that as we continue to grow, GMC is truly becoming the “school of opportunity” across the state.

Here, our students fall into three categories: first chance, second chance, and only chance. For each group, opportunity represents something a bit different. But for all GMC students, it means an accessible and affordable quality education, one that opens the door to so much more. It’s about putting a student on an educational path toward success, which is both our mission and passion.

Let me take a few moments to explain those categories. About 26 percent of our students are traditional first chance students. They have the grades to go to the college or university of their choice, but they’ve chosen GMC because we offer a top quality education at an affordable price. They know their credits will transfer to any of the 41 colleges/universities with whom we have articulation agreements, 35 of which guarantee admission.

Another 19 percent of students are our second chance students. Perhaps they went to their two- or four-year school of choice, but didn’t adjust well or make the grade. They need an opportunity to get their education back on track, and GMC provides that pathway.

For the remaining 55 percent of our students, GMC represents the only chance to advance their education. They might have dropped out of high school and earned a GED; maybe they have very low SAT scores, or face any number of challenges. They know GMC’s open admission policy means not only acceptance, but a true opportunity to change their lives.

The success of our students on a daily basis is the paramount to everything we do, and it defines who GMC truly is. From our statewide footprint (including an online program), to small class sizes, from the variety of majors we offer, to free tutoring and donor-supported scholarships, everything is centered on student success. Wow, what an opportunity GMC offers to every student. And the outcome is seen in these examples: Our graduation rate exceeds the national average at comparable colleges, while our transfer rate to four-year schools is twice the national average. With almost 200 percent growth in the number of graduates in the past six years, word is spreading about GMC’s unparalleled accessibility and affordability.

As you’ll see in the pages of this report, opportunity comes in many forms at GMC, both academically and financially. As I tell our students, if they have the desire and will to succeed, we have set the conditions to make it happen. As donors, you already recognize GMC is a great investment. Through your generosity, you are giving the gift of opportunity to provide our students with a hope and the chance for a better life.

Thank you for your loyalty and commitment by continuing to support the next generation of GMC students – and for making our institution a School of Opportunity, no matter how you define it. Together, we are making a difference!

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV
President of Georgia Military College

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2013 – 2014

Ben Frankin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” For 135 years, GMC has exemplified those words, serving as a catalyst for students who came to us, many from less-than-ideal circumstances, to improve their futures.

As I reflect on that rich legacy, I’m resolute in my dedication to accelerate GMC’s most worthy investment in those who come here seeking knowledge.

Based on our accomplishments in 2013-14, we’re clearly on our way. Take a look through our classroom windows and you’ll see your Scholarship Fund investments hard at work. In one classroom, there’s Savannah Byrd, passionate about becoming a nurse so she can help improve lives. Down the hall, meet Tippar Pillow, studying for a career in special education. In the new Kidd Center, our donor-supported athletic facility that opened in 2014, you’ll find Amber Miller, a student athlete with a future career as a veterinarian or marine biologist.

These students – and so many more – couldn’t have afforded to pursue their dreams without your Scholarship Fund donations.

With your continued help, our students will soon have access to an even greater range of educational options. In Fayetteville, Ga. and Dublin, Ga., GMC will open our tenth and eleventh campuses next year, helping meet the workforce needs of each of these areas. Meanwhile, thanks to recent legislative approval, GMC will offer a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree, aimed at students striving to take their associates and technical degrees further. And our expanding online program connects students, both traditional and non-traditional, to a higher education from anywhere in the world.

Take a look outside our classrooms and you’ll see the dividends of your investments at work. Here you’ll find alumni, like Dr. Allan Goodrich and COL Reginald Neal, who’ve set their GMC education in motion through professional pursuits and personal good works.

Looking ahead, GMC and our faithful supporters will continue our journey together, guided by the Four Big Ideas of our Vision 2029. They are:

  • Contribute to student success
  • Think and act as one institution
  • Grow enrollments
  • Invest in GMC’s future

Even as we pursue these aggressive goals, we keep an eye ever on our classrooms. Inside are those who hold our country’s future in their hands, their faces filled with unbridled optimism for what lies ahead. As you read their stories in this report, I hope you’ll feel a strong sense of pride, content in the knowledge that your continued investment in GMC is eminently worthwhile.

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV
President of Georgia Military College

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2012 – 2013

Most of you have known and faithfully supported GMC for years. You, your spouse, or your children might have attended school here. You already appreciate our quality instruction and focus on character development. You’re keenly aware that, thanks to General Boylan’s extraordinary vision, the past two decades have seen a revitalization of both the school and its mission.

So I’d like to share the perspective of a newcomer to GMC, someone who was introduced to this institution only recently.

My first impression of GMC, even before accepting my current position, was the caliber of its people. The faculty and staff: intelligent, dynamic, dedicated. The students: bright, enthusiastic, determined to put their lives on a positive track. And our supporters: generous, fiercely loyal, amazing. This wasn’t just any college, I realized; it truly did represent a gateway to the future.

It was those initial impressions that fueled my desire to become a part of this great school. Once here, my team and I took a deeper look, analyzing both the school’s strengths and opportunities. Our strengths are many, from open admission and online programs, to fiscal stability and master facilities planning, to innovative teaching styles and student engagement.

Our opportunities are also many: increasing graduation and transfer rates, enhancing our joint enrollment program, promoting our reputation more widely and collaborating with other like-minded institutions. Of special interest to me is the opportunity to fortify our scholarship program, making GMC’s academic vibrancy even more accessible to hardworking students across Georgia and worldwide.

This year, 2014 marks GMC’s 135th anniversary. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the rich substrate of our foundation, appreciate the value of our recent renaissance and refine the important details of our future view. In 2029, as we mark our 150th anniversary, what will our students and faculty need from us? What perspective do we want newcomers to GMC to have? How will we make it all happen?

The answers, which we’re now tackling, will bring today’s preliminary vision into sharper focus. As we work toward our goals, I thank you for helping bring that vision – past, present, and future – to life.

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV
President of Georgia Military College

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