Spencer Caldwell, Candidate, Vice President of Arlington
Master’s Student, Public Administration (full-time student)
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Brief biography and candidate statement about why you would be qualified for this position:
Hello Fellow Patriots,
My name is Spencer Caldwell and I am a first-year graduate student in the MPA program at the Schar School of Policy and Government. My concentration is on non-profit management and my career goal is to help fellow veterans, especially those with disabilities, obtain jobs in both the non-profit and for profit sectors. That extends to all people with disabilities as well, for the experience and skills of many disabled people are greatly underrated and undervalued.
A little about myself, I was raised in Louisiana, born in Arkansas, and moved to Virginia from San Diego, California where I completed my service in the US Navy. During my tour of duty, I was chosen to serve in Europe for four years, living in Crete from 2004 to 2006, followed by two years in the Rhineland-Pfalz State of Germany from 2006 to 2008. My time abroad included travels to over thirty-five countries, the majority in Southwest Asia and Southeast Asia, and the remaining in Eastern Europe. This allows me to have a little insight on the history and culture common to the many international students attending George Mason for their graduate studies.
I feel that I am qualified for the position as Vice President of the Arlington Campus due to my time as a leader in the military where decisions were made under stressful situations that not only affected me, but those serving with me, both as peers and subordinates. I like to think that the decisions were made using the best judgement and consideration for all involved. The good of the whole was considered, without consideration for my personal gains, as leaders only excel if the people working for them and alongside them feel justified and accounted for in all aspects of a decision.
I believe everyone should have a voice, whether it be loud and boastful, or quiet and unassuming. I value the input of all and request that if elected, please feel free to approach me with your stands and opinions on vital issues, for I need to hear from as many people as I can to inform me and educate me on issues that I may be unsure of or need more information on.
Thank you for considering me as your Vice President of the Arlington Campus.
I hope I can count on your vote, and may the best and most deserving candidate win.
Will you be able to meet the time commitments and expectations of the position? Describe your availability for Fall 2017, as well as other on-going time commitments (e.g., classes, work, organizational involvement).
As a full-time student, I will be on the Arlington campus most days of the week, with the absence of two non-class days at the most. I presently come to campus even on days that I do not have class to take advantage of the library and lounge.
I have been a leader since joining the navy and that extends to captain and coach of rugby clubs I have been involved with, as well as commissioning a club in Germany. Work for me is graduate school, for I am funded by the Post 911 GI Bill and consider going to school my job. I have the utmost intention of making everyone’s experience a George Mason a good and productive one.