Ousted GMC principal says that he's "moving on," still considers Caldwell "a friend"


One day you're sitting at work, and the next day you're sitting at home, the house quiet, trying to figure out what you're going to do next.

This is where Steve Greer found himself on Wednesday, the day after being unexpectedly fired from his job as prep school principal at Georgia Military College. Greer says that "he's moving on" and "plans on finding another opportunity" at some school system in Georgia. Not that he was planning on retiring any time soon, but Greer was roughly one year away from being vested in the Teacher's Retirement System of Georgia and able to retire if he wanted to.

In an interview with Baldwin2k News on Thursday, Greer sounded like a man who is putting the situation behind him. Done with it, basically.

"I'm not suing anybody. I'm not trying to give anybody a bad name. I don't harbor any ill will," he said. "I don't want to do anything that would be a detriment to (GMC)."

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Caldwell and GMC's human resources director came into Greer's office roughly 20 minutes after Greer sent out an email to faculty and staff, explaining that the 2022-2023 school year would be his final one as principal. Greer says that he felt compelled to write the email to clear up any rumors that were going around.

"I thought that it was a nice email. Nothing negative. All positive," he said. "Twenty minutes after I sent it, (Caldwell) is in my office."

The decision actually was made on Monday of this week, as Caldwell informed Greer that he "would finish out the school year and move into some sort of recruiter position," according to Greer.

"(Caldwell) never gave me a reason why, and I didn't ask. It came as a complete surprise to me," he said. "I've never received any formal warnings or anything that would've led me to believe that the prep school wasn't just fine."


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Despite all of this, Greer says that he still considers Caldwell "to be a friend." The two men have known each other for 25 years and were stationed together twice in the Army.

"(Caldwell) is a leader, and leaders have to make decisions. I respect the fact that he had to make a decision in this case," Greer said. 

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