Milligan College: Inauguration

Dr. Bill Greer inaugurated as Milligan’s 15th president

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Oct. 28, 2011)—Dr. Bill Greer was inaugurated as Milligan College’s 15th president in a formal installation service on Friday, Oct. 28, in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Memorial Chapel.

Greer’s inaugural address was a celebration of Milligan’s history and a glimpse of his vision for its future. In his remarks, he recognized the work of his predecessors, Dr. Marshall Leggett and Dr. Don Jeanes, Milligan’s 13th and 14th presidents.

“I’m eager for us to work together as a community to establish a vision for Milligan that builds upon the firm foundation that has been laid by Dr. Jeanes, Dr. Leggett, and the leaders who came before them,” Greer said in his address. “I do know, however, that there are three things that must remain central to Milligan College as we serve our students — we must always maintain excellence in scholarship, an emphasis on community and a dependence on faith.”

His address also outlined goals for each of these three initiatives—scholarship, community and faith.

“My vision for Milligan College is that in the area of scholarship, we will continue to build our academic reputation both regionally and nationally,” Greer said. “In the area of community, we will build an even stronger sense of Christian and collegiate community.  And in the area of faith, we will continue to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to Christian leadership.” 

In attendance at the ceremony were delegates from more than 50 educational institutions and associations, including representatives from local institutions and others throughout the country such as Yale University and Harvard Law School. 
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander delivered the keynote address. The ceremony also included words of greeting from several dignitaries and special guests, including U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, representing the first congressional district of Tennessee.
In addition, the congregation joined in singing an inaugural hymn written for the occasion by Dr. Lee Magness, Milligan’s Vera Britton Professor of Bible. Magness wrote the words of the hymn he titled “Fide et Amore: Go with God in Faith and Love,” based on a Latin phrase from the seal of the college that has had historical significance at Milligan.

Greer was named the 15th president of Milligan on March 18, 2011, and assumed office on July 16, 2011, following the retirement of Dr. Donald Jeanes. Greer most recently served as vice president for institutional advancement at Milligan and before that served for 12 years as a member of the college’s faculty and as chair of the business area.

Greer is a 1985 Milligan graduate and completed an MBA from East Tennessee State University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. His areas of academic interest include monetary/macroeconomic theory and the history of economic thought. His book “Ethics and Uncertainty” examined the role of uncertainty in economic theory as viewed from the contrasting perspectives of John Keynes and Frank Knight, a 1911 Milligan alumnus. 

As founding director, Greer led the efforts to develop and establish Milligan’s Master of Business Administration program, a program built upon the philosophy of ethical decision making from a Christian perspective. Greer is also a member of the Messiah College International Business Institute faculty, teaching comparative economics in Eastern and Western Europe as part of the Institute’s summer program. Greer’s prior experience includes positions with a large food processor (Pet Dairy/Land-O-Sun Dairies) and an appliance motor manufacturer (Morrill Motors). 

Greer serves on several corporate and community boards, including the board of visitors for the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University, the finance committee and the compliance and audit committee of Mountain States Health Alliance, the board of directors of Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation, and the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.  He is a member of the Johnson City Rotary.

Greer’s wife, First Lady Edwina Greer, also a Milligan alumna, presented the presidential robe to her husband during the inaugural ceremony. The Greers’ two sons, Logan and Jeremy, both Milligan students, participated in the inauguration as the bearers of Milligan’s banners.

There will be an open reception for the Greers on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. The public is invited to visit with the Greers and view a display of more than 130 congratulatory greetings from institutions and associations nationwide.