Donald R. JeanesDonald R. Jeanes was inaugurated as the 14th President of Milligan in October of 1997. Under Dr. Jeanes' leadership, Milligan College has experienced significant growth and achievement. 

A native of Georgia, President Jeanes is a 1968 magna cum laude graduate of Milligan College. After graduation, he served as director of financial aid and assistant to the business manager at Milligan while attending Emmanuel School of Religion. In 1972, he received his master of divinity degree, with honors, from Emmanuel School of Religion. 

Jeanes joined the faculty at Atlanta Christian College where he taught Bible and humanities and administered the student financial aid program for six years. In 1978 he was named administrative vice president of the college where he served until 1984. During this time he did doctoral coursework at Emory University. 

An ordained minister, Jeanes served as associate minister and operations manager at First Christian Church in Johnson City from 1984 to 1986. He then was called to serve as senior minister of Spring Branch Christian Church in Houston, Texas. In 1991, he returned to First Christian Church in Johnson City, this time as senior minister. From that ministry, he was chosen to be named president of Milligan College in 1997.

Jeanes was an active member of Milligan's Board from 1981 until his appointment as president. In 1994 he was awarded the honorary doctorate of divinity degree by Milligan College. 

In the community and church, Dr. Jeanes served on the boards of Christian Missionary Fellowship, the Christian Church Foundation for the Handicapped, Mountain States Health Alliance, Elders of First Christian Church, Johnson City and the State of Franklin Savings Bank. He was a member of the Johnson City Rotary Club, having served as president in 2000-2001. He served as a volunteer chaplain at the Johnson City Medical Center for a number of years. Dr. Jeanes also served as the chairman of the Johnson City Symphony Board and was the Chairman of the NACC Board of Stewards.

Dr. Jeanes passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, Aug. 27, 2012. He is survived by his wife Clarinda, a 1971 Milligan graduate; a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Brad Folck, both 1999 Milligan graduates; and grandsons Eli and Hayden.



Visitation will be 1:00–3:00 pm and 6:00–8:00 pm on Thursday, August 28 at First Christian Church, Johnson City.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for Friday, August 31 in Seeger Memorial Chapel at 1:00 p.m.


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Thank You, Don and Clarinda Jeanes

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