Anderson University recently announced that Dr. Carl H. Caldwell, vice-president for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, will retire at the conclusion of the 2008-09 academic year. Upon retirement, Dr. Caldwell will conclude a distinguished career of 38 years in academic and administrative leadership. He has served at Anderson University since the spring of 1996.
“Carl has been a wonderful colleague in our work together,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “He has cared deeply for our faculty and our students and has demonstrated a love for learning that is inspiring. We hope he will continue to invest his talents in this university even has he pursues other interests in his retirement years.”
A 1966 graduate of Anderson University, Caldwell is the fifth chief academic officer in Anderson University’s 91-year history. Caldwell’s responsibilities have focused on the development of Anderson University programs, faculty and strategic planning. Before coming to Anderson University, Caldwell served as vice president for administration, vice president for academic affairs, and dean of the college at Franklin College in Franklin, Ind.
“When I graduated from Anderson University in 1966, I could never have imagined the pathway that would lead me back to Anderson in 1996,” said Dr. Carl Caldwell. “It has been a dream come true to be invited by President Edwards to serve the cause of Christian higher education in the context of an institution whose leaders and faculty have aspired from the beginning to educate for the purpose of service. While I am looking forward to a different time in my life, I will forever value the friendships that I have forged with colleagues and students at Anderson University.”
Caldwell received a master of arts in history from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a doctorate in history from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. He has completed individual research and study seminars at Oxford University in England, as well as in Israel, Syria, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen Arab Republic.
In addition to having held several teaching assignments, Caldwell has also lectured on Middle East history, political structures and policies. His administrative positions have included associate dean for academic affairs at Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., and dean for academic affairs at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va.
In November of 2002, Caldwell received the national Chief Academic Officers Award from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). The award, delivered at the Institute for Chief Academic Officers, is annually presented to an individual who advances academic excellence at private colleges and universities. It is one of the Council’s highest honors for exemplary academic leadership. He has been a member of the Chief Academic Officers (CAO) Task Force, a frequent speaker at CIC’s Institute for Chief Academic Officers, and a mentor to new CAOs.
Caldwell’s wife, Carolyn Falls Caldwell, is a 1964 graduate of Anderson University and teaches accounting as an adjunct member of the Falls School of Business. She will conclude her service at the end of the 2008-09 academic year as well. The Caldwells have two sons and four grandchildren. Following retirement, Dr. Caldwell plans to pursue various writing projects and higher education consulting assignments.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.