Retired Southwestern Bell president, ACU alumni to speak at ACU

For immediate release
Sept. 4, 2001

Abilene Christian University's College of Business Administration ACUMentors program will be presenting a new lecture series for students this year, including speakers such as Royce Caldwell, retired president of Southwestern Bell and an ACU graduate.

The College of Business Administration's ACUmentors program brings Christian business leaders and entrepreneurs together with students, faculty and community leaders in a collaborative learning experience.

"The experience is intended to highlight an integration of Christian faith and character embodied by successful business leaders," said Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of the College of Business Administration.

The first lecture is scheduled for Sept. 12 in the Brown Library atrium on the ACU campus from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and will include the College of Business Administration faculty, business and community leaders as well as top students in the College of Business Administration. In addition to the keynote address, each ACUmentor will speak at a class in the College of Business Administration and lead a mentoring session with select students and faculty.

Royce Caldwell, retired president of Southwestern Bell and current member of ACU's board of trustees, will speak as the first of the ACUmentors program.

Caldwell graduated from ACU in 1961 with a bachelor of business administration degree. He began his career with Southwestern Bell in Houston in 1963 and served in various positions including vice president of human resources in St. Louis, Mo., and president of the Oklahoma division in Oklahoma City. He was named president of Southwestern Bell in 1994. In 1997, he was named president of SBC Operations, which includes Southwestern Bell, Pacific Bell, Nevada Bell, Southern New England Telephone and other SBC subsidiaries.

In addition, Caldwell serves as a member of the advisory boards for the Cancer Therapy and Research Foundation of South Texas, Compaq Computer Corporation Telecommunications, Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc., the National Captioning Institute and the Salvation Army.


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