From the President
The 2010-2011 school year was a busy one for all of us here at Milligan. The year began with the exciting news that we had reached another record enrollment, with 1,041 students preparing themselves for lives of service. Two months later, in October of 2010, Don Jeanes announced his plans to retire after a remarkable fourteen year tenure as Milligan’s 14th President. This past March, a nationwide search for his successor was concluded when the Board of Trustees asked me to become Milligan’s fifteenth president. I was honored to accept this position, effective July 16, and I am pleased that Don will continue to serve Milligan in his new role as chancellor. My wife, Edwina, and I have been humbled and gratified by the outpouring of support and encouragement from so many of you. Thank you for welcoming us so warmly into our new roles.
Last year contained other highlights as well. In June of 2011, we announced that we had surpassed our $25 million dollar financial goal for Forward Ever: The Campaign for Milligan College, raising $28 million toward this vital effort. The campaign resulted in the addition of over 30 new scholarships, helping make a Milligan education possible for more students than ever before. We enhanced student life by renovating the McCormick Dining Center and the Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Chapel. We demonstrated our commitment to a healthy lifestyle through the completion of the Gilliam Wellness Center, the new Tennis Pavilion at the Mathes Tennis Center, the addition of the Citizen’s Bank Athletic Training Center, as well as other athletic facility improvements. Finally, we improved the learning experience by renovating a number of lecture halls, improving classroom technology, modernizing the Paxson Communications Center, and updating the P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library. All of this, and more, would not have been possible had it not been for your generosity. Thank you for partnering with us.
Most notably, in this past school year we graduated 276 students who have now gone on to various graduate schools or entered the workforce in a range of professions. The impact our graduates have on their homes, their churches, their communities, and their world is incalculable. Our alumni go on to lead and to serve, thanks to the preparation they receive at Milligan College which, in turn, is made possible by your unwavering support.
I am eager to build upon the foundation Dr. Jeanes laid as President. I believe that as Milligan prepares to face an exciting future, it is important to reaffirm our commitment to those principles and values that have become the hallmark of Milligan College. Our commitment to being a Christian community dedicated to excellence in scholarship and built upon a strong foundation of faith in God has been central to the college for nearly 150 years. Today, my vision for Milligan remains true to these principles as we work together to continue moving the college forward and I am honored to be among those considered worthy of serving as Milligan’s President.
As you review these pages please find an overview of our current financial position. Given the level of uncertainty in our world, we are blessed to hold a strong position in finances, enrollment, and academics. I am grateful for the Board of Trustees, Advisors, and Cabinet that lead Milligan Forward Ever. Most especially I am also grateful to our alumni and friends who have faithfully supported Milligan during the past year.
Because of its singular focus upon carrying out its noble mission, Milligan is stronger than ever and is well positioned to continue increasing its impact upon the world, thanks to the loyal support of our alumni, friends, supporting churches, faculty, staff, students, and trustees. I can think of no finer group of people with whom to join as co-laborers as we seek to prepare Christian Leaders. I am excited about the Milligan of today and hopeful for the Milligan of tomorrow. As this new era of Milligan unfolds, I want you to know that our commitment to educating men and women to be servant leaders will be unwavering just as it has been since our founding.