Dr. Gary D. McCaleb is vice president of Abilene Christian University, professor of management and organizational behavior, and executive director of the Center for Advancement of Community.
As executive director for the Center for Advancement of Community McCaleb has been responsible for bringing well known personalities such as film critic Michael Medved and Rep. J.C. Watts to Abilene. The center is dedicated to preparing students to become competent, adaptable, and dedicated participants in the communities they will be part of throughout their lives.
McCaleb teaches an introduction to management class and in the Maymester term instructs a class in an intense management training program.
In his role as vice president of the university Dr. McCaleb represents ACU at a variety of different functions. He also has served ACU as assistant director of alumni relations; director of alunmi relations; director of college relations, assistant academic dean and director of Summester, assistant professor of business administration, and vice president and dean of campus life.
McCaleb served the city of Abilene as mayor for three terms. Before becoming mayor in 1991 McCaleb served on the Abilene City Council. His duties as mayor have led him all over the world. He has served as U.S. representative on the World Executive Committee of the International Union of Local Authorities. He also has served on the National League of Cities.
McCaleb has been invited to speak at various international locations including Mauritius, Jerusalem, Prague, Sao Paulo, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Beijing, Cairo, and Kiev. He has represented Abilene at different international and national conferences and on a special trip to Abilene's sistercity Corinth, Greece.
McCaleb received a Bachelor of Arts degree from ACU in 1964, a Master of Business Administration in 1975 and a Ph.D. in management in 1979, both from Texas A&M University.
McCaleb also served as assistant director of development at Texas A&M and was a managing partner for Towne Crier Steakhouse in Abilene. Other interests that Dr. McCaleb developed include jogging, writing, reading and art. He has run the New York City, Dallas, and Houston marathons. Samples of his art work can be seen gracing the booths of the Towne Crier Steakhouse and the ACU Wildcat Hall of Fame plaque in Moody Coliseum.
McCaleb is married to the former Sylvia Ravanelli. They have two children; a daughter Cara Lee Cranford and a son Bryan and has two grandchildren.
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