In announcing the award, CIC President Richard Ekman noted that Carl Caldwell’s “tremendous contributions to independent higher education – specifically his work to identify and address key issues for private colleges and universities – has greatly helped fellow chief academic officers find solutions and address challenges on campus. His thoughtful comments and care for individuals, as well as colleges, make him a valued colleague.”
“We are grateful for the dedicated service Carl Caldwell has brought to Anderson University and share the pride of this whole community at this national recognition that has come his way,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “Carl is a remarkable servant leader and one who comes to work every day with devotion to our students and faculty. He is making a real difference at his alma mater.”
Caldwell has served as chief academic officer at three institutions (Anderson University, Franklin College, and Bridgewater College) for more than two decades. He has been a member of the CAO Task Force, a frequent speaker at CIC’s Institute for Chief Academic Officers, and a mentor to new CAOs. He began his career at Manchester College as a professor of history in 1971 and was appointed Associate Dean in 1981. He earned his bachelor's degree from Anderson University, followed by a master's from Ohio University and a doctoral degree from Indiana University.
The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of approximately 500 independent colleges and universities that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education’s contributions to society. To fulfill this mission, CIC provides its members with skills, tools, and knowledge that address aspects of leadership, financial management and performance, academic quality, and institutional visibility.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education and theology.