I am Calvin Williams, candidate for the Office of Vice President of Grambling University National Alumni Association, Incorporated (GUNAA). Today, I am sending this letter to introduce myself to you and ask for your vote of support. Before I discuss my platform with you, let me share a few things about myself.
I am a husband and father of two daughters and one son. Although, I am a native of Monroe, LA, my family and I reside in Houston, TX. We are members of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. I am 16 year veteran of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and currently employeed as an Operations Manager. I manage personnel and assets to further the mission of DHS. This role requires effective communication and skill, as I engage senior level stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels. I previously held positions with the legacy U.S. Customs Service, Office of Investigations, Atlanta, GA; Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Fresno, CA; held positions as a Training Program Manager, Recruiter for New Orleans, LA; Section Chief for DHS Management Inspections Headquarters, Washington, DC; and San Antonio, TX.
In 1997, I enlisted into the United States Army, serving in both the 2nd and 3rd Infantry Divisions and was honorably discharged on September 10, 2001. I am a 2004 graduate (cum laude) of Grambling State University and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice. In 2012, I graduated from the USDA Graduate School for Executive Potential. I am currently matriculating to receive a Masters of Science degree in Organizational Management from Thomas Edison State College. I am an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and initiated in the Delta Sigma Chapter (Grambling State University) in 2002.
I am a member of the Douglas L. Williams Chapter (DLW Chapter) and a Life Member of GUNAA. I proudly serve as the chapter President of the DLW Chapter and previously served as Vice President and Treasurer. Currently, I also serve on the GUNAA Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large and Sergeant at Arms. As the National Fundraising Committee Chair of GUNAA, I have developed fundraisers to expand the organization's operational budget. In 2018, I was awarded the GUNAA Distinguished Alumni Award for philanthrophy rendered to various organizations to include GUNAA and GSU. Additionally, I am a charter member of Wossman Alumni Association of Monroe, LA where I now serve as the Immediate Past President. I previously served as the President for four years and a 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee. Lastly, I am the CEO for The HBCU Project and the owner of the Signature Brand HTX.
Our campaign slogan is “Expect More, Vote for Results and Accountability”. The platform of our campaign concentrates on three areas:
Improving on Operational Excellence
In strengthening our membership, we will enhance our alumni engagement, service and charitable programming. Therefore strengthening GUNAA’s support and leadership to the local chapters and Grambling State University. Additionally, we will strengthen our training and development capabilities focusing on leadership, services and career advancement for our future alumni.
Improving our operational excellence will ensure that our alumni as well as our external stakeholders, have a positive “customer experience”. We will build on existing policies, procedures and practices while creating new efficiencies and opportunities to uphold the standard of excellence that we strive for in GUNAA.
I need your support so that together we can move our national organization to the next level in operational excellence and development of membership. Once again, “Expect More, Vote for Results and Accountability”.