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Milligan Founder’s Award nominees speak about servant leadership

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (October 25, 2002) – As a Christian liberal arts college, Milligan College seeks to honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders. This year’s Milligan College Founder’s Award nominees shared their thoughts on what it means to be a servant-leader.

Nominated by fellow students, six upperclassmen, one male and female each from the sophomore, junior and senior classes, gave speeches during a campus wide convocation service last Tuesday.
The student body named senior Tony Jones of Bellville, Ohio, and junior Grete Riggs of Indianapolis, Ind., as the 2002 Founder’s Award recipients.

The other nominees were sophomore Rachel Jones of Bellville, Ohio, senior Kristin Kerkvliet of Clermont, Fla., junior Warren McCrickard of Richmond, Va., and sophomore Matthew Mueller of Lancaster, Pa.

Without exception, all nominees gave credit to Christ and to their peers for their leadership abilities and quoted from scripture what it means to serve Christ through being a servant to others.

Tony Jones, an accounting and business management major from Bellville, Ohio, is the president of the Student Government Association and the treasurer of Alpha Chi Honors Society. He also serves as a member of the matriculation planning committee and the social affairs organization. Following graduation, Jones plans to work at the Jones Potato Chip Company in Ohio.

Riggs, a humanities and business administration major from Indianapolis, Ind., is a member of the Alpha Chi Honors Society, Student Government Association, and the L.I.N.C. center, a campus volunteer organization. She has also served as part of Heritage and Chamber Singers. Following graduation, Riggs plans to work overseas.

The Founder’s Award is a variation of the long-standing Milligan tradition of selecting a “Founder’s Daughter.” Since the fall of 1951 when Milligan hosted its first Founder’s Day, Milligan remembers and celebrates the establishment of the college and its founders, Josephus and Sarah Hopwood. The Hopwood’s desire was to create a college that would prepare students for a lifetime of Christian service.

Milligan is a private Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. For more information, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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