Royce Caldwell to be honored as ACU's Alumnus of the Year
For Immediate Release
Feb. 15, 2001
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Abilene Christian University has named Royce Caldwell, class of 1961, Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. He will be honored at ACU's Alumni Day Luncheon Sunday, Feb. 18, at noon in the Teague Special Events Center on campus.
Caldwell recently retired as vice chairman of SBC Communications Inc.
"When I was getting out of school, I never would have dreamed this would happen to me - neither would have my professors," said Caldwell, also named the Distinguished Business Leader of the Year by ACU's College of Business Administration in 1995.
Caldwell began his career with Southwestern Bell in 1963 as a staff assistant, and the company promoted him through the years to leadership positions in human resources, regulatory affairs and operations. Caldwell became vice chairman of SBC Communications in 1999 after serving for two years as president of SBC Operations and as president of Southwestern Bell Telephone in the mid-1990s.
As vice chairman, Caldwell was responsible for all services of SBC's telephone company operations, which include Ameritech, Pacific Bell, Nevada Bell and Southwestern Bell brands. SBC Communications has more than 61 million access lines in the United States and annual revenues that rank it among the largest Fortune 500 companies.
"Royce Caldwell is a great example of an ACU alumnus who has risen through the ranks of corporate America while exhibiting the qualities of a true servant leader," said ACU president Dr. Royce Money. "His integrity and his Christian faith are well known at Southwestern Bell. He and Pat are wonderful role models for Christian professionalism and Christian witness to our students and to all who have the privilege of knowing them."
Along with distinguished professional achievements, the award honors Caldwell's service to ACU and the community.
Caldwell describes this distinction as "humbling."
"It's a little bit amazing to me that I've been honored in this way," Caldwell said. "It means more to me because of what the university stands for - quality education, but also Christian principles, but it is consistent over time in that regard."
Caldwell is a member of ACU's Board of Trustees. He also serves on boards for organizations such as the Salvation Army, the San Antonio YMCA, the Cancer Therapy and Research Foundation of South Texas, the National Captioning Institute, Compaq Computer Corporation Telecommunications, Cullen/Frost and Telmex, a telecommunications company based in Mexico City.
Caldwell met his wife, Patricia, through ACU connections. Married for 35 years, they have two children, Kim Mosqueda, mother of two and a doctor of internal medicine, and Bill, an attorney.
"I've worked hard in my career, but I've also been very fortunate," Caldwell said. "I don't think people succeed by themselves.; I've had a lot of help."
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