“A PART OF AMERICA DIED”

In the 1980’s a police officer working his beat in a small town was killed in the line of duty. Members of his department found, tacked to his bulletin board, an anonymous poem.  They were so moved by the poem, they submitted it to the local paper to be included in the story of the officer’s death.  The poem began, “Somebody killed a policeman today, and a part of America died.”

As we celebrate National Police Week (May 13-19) and National Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, we celebrate those individuals who join together to form society’s shield—selflessly guarding order against the ever-creeping chaos which threatens it and our safety against the agents of danger.  These men and women of law enforcement are modern day Knights committed to service and driven by their outstanding courage.

Courage— the type possessed by our men and women in blue— is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity.  Without it, who would volunteer to stare danger in the eye and provide us that precious peace of mind that comes with knowing that someone is standing between our children, our spouses, our loved ones and the harm that could befall them.

Who would stand between us and harm knowing that the ultimate sacrifice is always lurking in the shadows.  Knowing they are always one irrational act, one evil deed away from losing everything.  We are robbed of so much on the days when that evil wins.  We are robbed of all the good an officer had left to do in the world.  Children are robbed of mothers and fathers.  Men and women are robbed of their spouses.  And every member of the human race is robbed of one of our courageous few.

But their resolve remains iron and their commitment steadfast.  They rush in.  Knowing all that could be lost, they rush in for us.  What a Blessing from God that we have these heroes.

Today and every day, we are tremendously proud of those in our Georgia Military College family who possess that courage and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve.

In 1985, GBI officer and GMC graduate SAC John T. “Sonny” King was killed in the line of duty while serving an arrest warrant.  In honor of his service and sacrifice, there is now a Sonny King Endowed Scholarship.

In 1995, Deputy Sheriff William Robinson, IV was shot and killed by a paroled felon while serving as a member of the Baldwin County Sherriff’s Office.  In honor of his service and sacrifice there is now a Will Robinson Endowed Scholarship.

In 2017, GA DOC Sergeant Christopher Monica, the father of a GMC student, was shot and killed while transporting prisoners in Putnam County.

These three members of the GMC family had much left to give.  Their families, their friends, and those whose lives they touched are forever torn.  These three great men were taken from us, and a part of America died.  But their courage, their service, and their sacrifice live on.

This week and always, we remember our fallen heroes, and the service of all who form the shield to protect and serve.

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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GOVERNOR DEAL APPROVES NEW FOUR-YEAR BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAM AT GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE

[Milledgeville, GA] – On April 22, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation authorizing Georgia Military College, a junior college, to offer a four-year degree program at select campuses across the state.

“GMC is committed to supporting Governor Deal’s ‘Complete College Georgia’ initiative, which aims to increase the number of college graduates by 250,000 by the year 2020,” said Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV, GMC president.  “Our new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree will allow us to contribute even more significantly to Governor Deal’s goal, and position GMC to support technical college graduates seeking to earn four-year degrees.”

In 2012, GMC’s research found two-thirds of technical college students surveyed had an interest in pursuing a four-year degree program at GMC, if the two-year junior college were to offer it.

“These are young men and women who will come to us with an array of associate in applied science (AAS) or associate of applied technology (AAT) degrees, from construction management to computer programing to hotel/restaurant management,” said Mike Holmes, Ph.D., GMC vice president for academic affairs. “Unlike several years ago, many of the leadership positions in those fields now require a four-year bachelor’s degree. Our BAS in supervision and management will offer these students an avenue for advancing their careers across a wide range of technical fields.”

In addition to attracting recent technical school grads, GMC’s BAS program is expected to appeal to working community members who already hold AAS or AAT degrees and want to advance their careers, but cannot uproot their jobs and families to relocate.

“The BAS degree is currently offered at eight other colleges in Georgia, but these schools are not easily accessible to several of the communities we serve,” said Dr. Holmes.  In order for GMC to offer the BAS in those areas, a change in state law was required because the school was legally limited to offering two-year courses of study.

GMC will initially offer the BAS degree at its Milledgeville, Augusta and Columbus campuses, as well as at its recently announced campus in Fayetteville.

“None of the four-year institutions currently offering the BAS degree are in the same geographic areas, so we are most definitely filling a void,” Dr. Holmes said. “And GMC will continue to work with the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents to avoid duplication of programs in close proximity to one another.”

Lt. General Caldwell says it is important to note that GMC’s new degree program in no way signals its intent to become a full-fledged four-year institution as the concept applies to sports, ROTC or other extra curricular programs. “We are one of only five Junior Military Colleges in the United States—also serving a large civilian student population—and we intend to maintain that status,” Caldwell said.

GMC’s next step is to seek approval from the Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accrediting agency. In the meantime, school officials will work with local technical schools to design the BAS degree program curriculum.  Pending SACSCOC approval, GMC is targeting August 2015 to begin offering its new BAS degree program. 

Pictured left to right:  Senator Burt Jones (District 25), Representative Joe Wilkinson (District 52), Representative Rusty Kidd (District 145), Mr. Mark Strom (GMC Vice President for Human Resources and Business Development), Dr. Mike Holmes (GMC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculties), Major General Peter Boylan (GMC President Emeritus), Mr. Dudley Rowe (GMC Foundation Chairman), Governor Nathan Deal, Ms. Jeanette Walden (Milledgeville City Council), Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV (GMC President), Representative Bubber Epps (District 144), Mr. Jim Pace (Group IV Senior Partner), Mayor Richard Bentley (City of Milledgeville), Representative Emory Dunahoo (District 30).

About Georgia Military College

Georgia Military College is the state’s second largest, two-year, public college with campuses in Milledgeville, Augusta, Fairburn, Warner Robins, Valdosta and Columbus, extension centers in Madison, Sandersville, and Stone Mountain, and an online campus program. Its enrollment includes more than 8,000 civilian students at these locations, plus 250 junior college cadets and 500 prep school students at their Milledgeville campus.

NEW GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE PRESIDENT TALKS GOALS, CHALLENGES, SCHOOLS’ FUTURE

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New Georgia Military College President Talks Goals, Challenges, Schools’ Future

Amanda Castro

MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – There’s a new leader at Georgia Military College. General William Caldwell recently passed his first 100 days as president of the school. He left behind decades of military service to take on education.

If you look around General William Caldwell’s office, you will see 37 years worth of military memories and accomplishments. But he left the battlefield behind to take a new role as president of GMC. It is a job where he hopes to make a difference.

“Continue to serve my nation, but just in a different capacity than I had in the past,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell admits this job is slower compared to his high intensity military career.

“This is a little different. I’m looking everyday at statistics with how our students are doing, I’m walking into classrooms, I’m talking to teachers, I’m engaging with faculty,” Caldwell said. “[It’s} not the same crisis level that I’ve had in the past.”

But that is not to say this job doesn’t come with its own challenges.

“Really the biggest challenge has been me grasping the nuances of higher education,” Caldwell said. “I’ve been exposed to it, but to be a part of it outside the military structure is really exciting. I tell people everyday I’m learning something new and I know I will for a long, long time.”

He has big goals for GMC. He is working with the Board of Regents to create more campuses around the state. And he hopes the school will soon offer some specialized four year degrees.

“So that young men and women that have gone through the technical school system and have a two year degree, but now want to turn that into a four year degree, can do so with 100% transferability,” he said. But above all, he wants to continue GMC’s legacy.

“We hope to produce through our educational system here, when somebody hears ‘You’re a Georgia Military College graduate?’ right away they’ll go that’s a person who has got some character development, who understands ethical behavior, and who has been well educated,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell says he’s excited to plant his roots in Milledgeville with his wife and three children.

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GMC BULLDOGS ARE ALL WINNERS TO US

This past weekend our GMC head football coach Bert Williams, lead our team into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship game in Biloxi, Miss., against East Mississippi.   Although we did not win, we are the #2 Nationally Ranked JC Football team in the nation.   We are immensely proud of each team member.  We played a great game, and showed others what sportsmanship is all about.  We are very fortunate to have the coaches and team that we do – they are the best there is.  Do want to share a note that Bert sent out to the Milledgeville community; and a story on our Coach that appeared this past week in the Macon Telegraph.   Story is posted below and link is provided.

Dear GMC Family:

I wanted to thank you all for the tremendous support you have given our program this season.  We had a wonderful year, and while we ended coming up short in the national championship game, I was never prouder of the way our team worked to get the win and showed great character in a challenging situation.  Yet one other example of how our institution makes a difference in the lives of our students.  Thank you all, on behalf of our players, staff, and myself – your support makes all the difference and is greatly appreciated!

GO GMC BULLDOGS!!!

Bert Williams
Athletic Director
Georgia Military College

 Macon Telegraph Article

WILLIAMS MORE THAN JUST A COACH  (Macon Telegraph)

MILLEDGEVILLE — Bert Williams isn’t sure when it happened.

Back in the late 1990s, he was the offensive coordinator at Union College, an NAIA program at a school of fewer than 900 undergrads in Barbourville, Ky.

“We just had our oldest son,” Williams said of his wife Cathy and son Parker. “We were up in Kentucky, southeastern hills of Kentucky, in a town of 3,000, which was not easy for an Atlanta girl.”

GMC football head coach Robert Nunn had an opening and called Williams, who consulted with his wife.

“I told her, ‘You know, it’s a chance for us to get back close to home, kind of renew contacts I had when I was at Georgia, make new contacts,’ and all that,” Williams said. “Probably in a couple of years, we’ll kind of move around, start moving on the coaching carousel.”

That was the plan, one that never came to fruition, and 16 years and a national hall of fame induction later, Williams is leading GMC into its fourth national championship game since he took over. The top-ranked Bulldogs travel to Biloxi, Miss., to face No. 2 East Mississippi at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Mississippi Bowl, which this year doubles as the NJCAA title contest.

At some point — again, it’s a struggle to pinpoint the moment — Williams morphed from being a normal ears-open/resume ready football coach to the rarity in his profession: somebody who stays in a job tougher and different than most.

That carousel hardly got a chance to get revved up.

“Three years, a lot of ­success,” said Williams, named to succeed Nunn — now with the New York Giants — in February of 2000. “Had the chance to be the head coach, national championship the second year, playing for it again (in) the third.”

The city of Milledgeville grew on him and his family, as did the college itself and the job at hand.

It might be as simple as that.

“Things started going,” Williams said. “And it has become home, a place that we love to be.”

Success helps, but Williams’ job is mighty different than that of his colleagues, especially at junior colleges.

About 250 of GMC’s students at the main campus are cadets who adhere to a regimented schedule and substantially firmer rules than the non-cadet students, of which there are about 1,300.

All of the football players are cadets, and they aren’t at GMC because of plans for a military career.

Williams’ official titles are that of head coach and athletics director, but throw in guidance counselor, academic advisor, mentor, career consultant, confidant and life coach, as well as roster manager for programs throughout the nation.

When a four-year program, especially in the Southeast, has a player with issues — be they personal, academic or legal — Williams often gets the call to see if GMC can take that player and basically straighten him out, wake him up.

So Williams knows any player discussed with him has physical talent. But what’s upstairs and inside — and the potential in both areas — is more important.

“I gotta tell ya, I’m kind of a hopeless cause in that I tend to think every one of them can be saved,” he said. “And probably my greatest weakness is giving more chances than are deserved. I don’t know if that’s a weakness or what, but I feel sometimes maybe it is.”

As long as a player understands the discipline, accepts the punishment and makes attempts at progress, Williams will fight for him. Too many won’t and don’t.

“It truly pains me when we have a failure,” he said. “And a failure is somebody to me that has to leave here before it’s time, whether it be academically or whether it be through behavior and not following the rules and getting dismissed.”

There are those he gambles on and loses. Chris Sanders was a touted defensive back at Georgia who was dismissed in January of 2012 — along with Nick Marshall and Sanford Seay — for allegedly stealing from teammates.

Sanders didn’t make it to preseason camp. Williams dismissed him that July for ostensibly a similar infraction. Other players have come to GMC and taken care of business while in Milledgeville, only to digress after leaving.

Sophomore linebacker Jekevin Jackson of Tift County doesn’t plan to be among that group. His main reason for going to GMC was for grades, but he admitted that wasn’t the lone reason.

“When I first got here, I had a couple discipline issues,” he said. “Coach Williams, with all the military stuff, you got to abide by the rules. If you don’t abide by the rules, and the military rules, you can’t play football.”

While teammates can find a way to smile through the memories of the structure and offer many positives to the experience, Jackson is ready to move on.

“I had no choice but to suck it up and do it,” he said. “I ain’t liking it, but I had to do it.”

And yet throughout a 10-minute conversation, Jackson — headed to Western Michigan — effortlessly and almost automatically answers inquiries with “yes, sir” and “no, sir.” Does he like it yet?

“No sir,” he said, with the chuckle of a man anxiously awaiting graduation this spring. “No, sir. No, sir.”

Is he a different person?

“Yes, sir,” Jackson said quickly. “Discipline. Yes, sir.”

Ty Flournoy-Smith was a sophomore tight end at Georgia who was arrested last spring for filing a false police report regarding stolen books. He decided to transfer, in part as a pre-emptive move, and chose Milledgeville for a year.

“When I first got here, it was like, ‘whoa’ and ‘yeah,’ ” the personable Colquitt County grad said with a laugh. “I had to get into the rhythm of it. But once I got into the rhythm …”

There was an adjustment, but Flournoy-Smith accepted it because, as Williams likes to see, he understood his situation.

“I got ahead of myself,” he said. “I made a mistake. Maybe God wanted me to go through this to humble myself, slow myself down.

“Since I’ve been here, I can say that GMC has helped me through all that.”

He enters Sunday’s game with only six catches — thanks to an ankle injury — but five going for touchdowns. He’s not sure where he’ll play after this season, but is ready.

“To be honest, I think this was actually kind of needed, yes sir,” he said. “I definitely have something to prove.”

Williams reported that Flournoy-Smith has taken care of business and appears on track to be yet another success story.

“I think our program, our school and the way we run our program, teaches our kids to appreciate the opportunity they get when they’re done here,” Williams said. “I think they take a lot of that for granted.

“A lot of these kids come from big high schools, and the things and the extras. And again, is it well-spent money or just money spent? We take care of our guys, I think, very well. But we also, we’re not just tossing money around. There’s a reason for what we spend.”

Williams, again, is not talking like a football coach. While he has bouts of coachspeak, his view is of a much broader picture, like what he says are exorbitant amounts of money spent in his profession on the bigger stage.

“I feel like we spend our dollars wisely, and we spend them in a way that makes a difference,” he said. “I think most people would say there’s a lot of dollars spent in athletics that aren’t necessarily spent wisely. I think when we spend it, we make an impact with how we spend it and what we spend it on.”

Williams has to suppress outright laughing at the latest trend in major college football: hiring several “high school personnel coordinators” to scout prep players.

“Everybody went through the hiring of the seven to eight recruiting coaches, for each position coach, at 60-100 grand a pop,” he said. “Really? You’ve got people that are dropping a million bucks into hiring seven or eight guys, office supplies, all the video stuff.

“Just officially to crunch film.”

He smiles a shaking-his-head smile. Williams is 113-36 entering Sunday’s national championship game, with three full-time coaches and four paid-hourly coaches, a stadium he shares with GMC’s high school namesake, and with higher academic standards than his colleagues and the big names that make up his cell phone list.

“It ain’t that hard,” he said. “It ain’t that hard. It really isn’t. They’ll tell you it is, but it ain’t that hard.”

Williams went from being just a football coach to take on all of those unofficial duties at some point, and can’t change the mind set and make his life less complicated.

He doesn’t want to. Thus, he stays put at GMC.

“I would have a hard time working somewhere where the only goal, you know, whether said or unsaid, was to get Ws,” he said. “I’m not a process guy, like (Alabama head) Coach (Nick) Saban is, at least to the level that he is.

“But I think there’s a lot of truth in that, in that if you focus on the things that are important, most of the larger-picture things will take care of themselves. We work on those things here, we try to work on getting better each day, work on being a better person, taking advantage of the teachable moment.”

Neither he nor his wife are far from home, his school has a mission he believes in and that he can fulfill, and things aren’t going too badly on the football field with the program’s fourth national championship game under Williams set to kick off Sunday.

“It’s a great town, too, to raise kids and a family,” he said. “It may sound kind of trite or hokey, but this really is a great school, and we work real hard here to do good things for all our students.

“You come to work and you feel like you’re making a difference with the people you’re trying to teach and coach, and be a part of their lives. There’s a lot of job satisfaction in that.”

Read more here:  http://www.macon.com/2013/12/07/2819879/williams-more-than-just-a-coach.html#storylink=cpy

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SOCCER TEAMS

We had a GREAT soccer season this year, our men and women’s team did terrifically. It was the first time in history that either team made it to the final four! We do want to recognize our teams and our coach, Kerem Daser.

I did want to share with all a portion of a note that Kerem sent out where we recognized some of our outstanding players with awards at a banquet this week .

“We would like to congratulate both men’s and women’s soccer teams for accomplishing so much for the season!

For the women’s team Best attacker went to Freshman Kallie Balfour, Best Defender went to Sophomore Maggie Morris, MVP went to Freshman Jona Olafsdottir Most Improved went to Sophomore Jessica Qualls, and Coaches award went to Tess Heimerman.

For the men’s team Best Defender went to Omari Walker, Best Attacker went to Damieon Thomas, Coaches Award went to Lamin Singhateh and Most improved went to, GMC Prep alumni, Nathan Thompson.

All of the awards were voted on by the GMC soccer players except for the coaches award.

We would also like to recognize some of our women’s players for the academic achievement in the classroom. We are proud to announce that there were 3 women’s players who made a 4.0 for the quarter! Congratulations to Sophomore Maggie Morris, Sophomore Jessica Qualls and Freshman Coast Guard Cadet Tess Heierman! We are very proud of the effort the women’s team made in the classroom! There combined GPA as a team was a 3.16!

For the men’s team we would like to recognize some of our men’s players for their academic achievement in the classroom. We are proud to announce that 3 of our men’s players made a 4.0 for the quarter. Congratulations to Freshman Damieon Thomas, Cristobal Araya and Phillipe Kabenla. We would also like to congratulate Phillipe for earning the Math Award for the fall quarter.

It was a very tough season for our athletes having to travel so much for both away and some of our home games due to the construction on our soccer field. We are very proud of their accomplishments in the classroom. We would also like to thank the teacher who were able to work with our student athletes during our season!”

GO BULLDOGS!

A “CHARACTER MOMENT” – GMC STUDENTS EMBODY OUR VALUES

Most often it is observations and comments of others that make you feel that you are watching or reading about a “Character Moment.”   I heard a similar story to this when we first moved here this summer, and now again, I just read about it in our paper.   The following account, taken from a “Union Recorder-Letter to the Editor” leaves you feeling as though you were watching a GMC “Character Moment” reveal itself. This account provides us with one more reason to be proud of our students, teachers, and school.

“The Union Recorder”, Milledgeville, GA, Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

Citizen extends thanks for respectful display

On Tuesday, Nov 5, I was a part of a funeral procession traveling on South Elbert St. en route to the veteran’s cemetery.  As we passed by GMC, I was deeply moved by what I saw.  Most, if not all of the GMC students, while waiting for the procession to pass so they could cross the street, came to attention and saluted!  THAT is the kind of respect lacking in too many of today’s youth.  It so happened that the deceased was a veteran, having served as an Army Airborne Ranger and also in the Air Force.  The students had no way to know that, but what they DID know was that a show of respect was in order, and that’s what they did.

To those students, a heartfelt thanks from my wife and me and from the family of the deceased.  Your show of respect was exemplary.  To the administration and faculty of GMC, thank you for instilling that respect in the cadets.

As the parent of a GMC HS 2004 graduate, I can say to parents that GMC is an excellent investment in your children’s future.  Through the foundation acquired at GMC, our daughter did very well in college and is now enjoying a successful career.  An education at GMC is money well spent.

Again, thank you to those GMC students for a very moving show of respect for a very dear friend, Mr. James Lamar (Jim) Smith.

Steve Avant

Milledgeville