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John McCalpin
UNF Degree: MBA – ’98
Employment: Senior executive Accenture

McCalpin saves $13 million in one hour

 Few people can claim to have saved a client $13 million after a one-hour meeting. John McCalpin can make that claim and gives UNF credit for making the opportunity possible for him.


McCalpin works in Atlanta as a senior executive with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. His responsibilities include business development and delivery of technology solutions. Among his proudest professional accomplishments was helping a client avoid $13 million in costs by offering the firm an alternative way of accomplishing a project. Two qualities allowed McCalpin to achieve such a cost savings for his client: the ability to straddle two fields and an MBA from UNF that opened the door for achievement.


McCalpin worked for CSX Corp. for 17 years, of which 13 were spent with CSX Technology in a variety of technical and management roles. In 1994 he transferred to CSX Transportation where he worked in the costs and budgets group responsible for the $1.4 billion annual operating budget.


While working for CSX, McCalpin attended the Coggin College of Business. McCalpin said he specifically selected UNF because of its AACSB accreditation and the quality of its faculty such as Dr. Jeffrey Steagall. "I am immensely proud of the International Business Flagship and believe the IB (International Baccalaureate) program takes measurable steps to bring us closer to our global neighbors."


Less than a year after completing his graduate degree, Accenture offered him a management position. He was promoted to senior manager in 2001, to associate partner in 2003 and to senior executive in 2005.


Despite living in Atlanta, McCalpin occasionally visits Jacksonville and witnesses the phenomenal growth of the UNF campus. "I've been able to accomplish many things in my career that would not have been possible if it were not for the education I received at UNF."