Volunteer of the Month

October 2017 Volunteer of the Month

Dr. James Calder

Retired / Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. James Calder is originally from Stamford, Connecticut, and attended Murray State University, the University of Louisville, The University of Florida, and the University of Alabama.  He retired from Middle Tennessee State University in August of 2015 after a 47-year career in education, including four years in public school education and 43 years in higher education.  Dr. Calder is married to his wife Beverly, a retired special education teacher, and together they have three children and nine grandchildren.

Dr. Calder currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.  He is also active on the United Way Community Impact Committee and is willing to support the United Way whether assisting with administrative tasks, participating in bus tours to participating partner agencies, or attending workshops and other events.

Dr. Calder said, “My dad was a very service minded person who gave of his time, talent, and money to support our community.  He used to say, ‘If you’re fortunate enough to live in a place where you have a job and make enough money to provide for your family, put a roof over their heads, food on the table, and provide for their needs, then you have a responsibility to provide for those in your community who are not as fortunate.’   Throughout my life, dad lived what he preached and set a model for me.  The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is the perfect vehicle to provide service minded members of our community multiple opportunities to put into practice what my dad believed was so important by being able to leverage every dollar donated to the United Way into $14 of services and impact returned to Rutherford and Canon Counties.  Thank you United Way for a job well done!