Governor Bentley Appoints J. Frank Caldwell to Serve on 2-Year College Board

By Greg Reed

On Wednesday, May 6th, Governor Robert Bentley appointed Mr. J. Frank Caldwell to serve on a new board that will oversee Alabama’s two-year college system. A successful businessman and community leader, Mr. Caldwell was recommended to the Governor by Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper).

“Frank Caldwell is an accomplished businessman, a community leader, and has been a strong supporter of Bevill State for many years,” stated Senator Reed. “I am confident Frank’s leadership will have a positive impact on the new two-year college board.”

A native of Birmingham, Mr. Caldwell graduated from Ensley High School. While working full-time, Mr. Caldwell attended college at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where a class on hospital administration sparked an interest in providing health care to senior citizens. Mr. Caldwell went on to found several companies dedicated to operating quality nursing homes in Alabama, and is now retired with 41 years of experience in nursing home administration. Mr. Caldwell and his wife, Melba, have been married for 54 years, and make their home in Jasper.

“It is truly an honor to be named to the board,” said Mr. Caldwell. “I believe the future is wide-open for the two-year college system. Every year, more jobs require technical training that two-year colleges are primed to offer our young people. I look forward to assisting the Chancellor of the two-year system to provide the best education possible for our students.”

Greg Reed is the Alabama Senate Majority Leader and represents Senate District 5, which is comprised of all or parts of Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, and Fayette counties. He is vice president of Preferred Medical Systems, a representative of Samsung Healthcare. Sen. Reed and his wife, Mitsy, have three sons: Andrew, James, and John Michael.