President’s Report 2012-2013

2012-2013 President's Report FINAL COVERMost 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 vibrance even more accessible to hardworking students across Georgia and worldwide (see Investing in Our Students, page 12).

 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.

LtGen William Caldwell


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Governor Deal Approves New Four-Year Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Program at Georgia Military College

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[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!


Bert Williams
Athletic Director
Georgia Military College


 Macon Telegraph Article


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.”

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Congratulations to Our Soccer Teams

We had a GREAT soccer season this year, our men and women’s team did terrific. 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.

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!”