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.