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Diversity Council meets at Milligan

Milligan College , Tenn. (Nov. 30, 2007) – A group of local leaders met on Milligan’s campus Thursday morning for the initial meeting of the college’s new Diversity Advisory Council. This group is charged with advising and sharing insights on the direction, process and diversity efforts of the college.

The council is co-chaired by John Goah and Danny Johnson. Milligan’s diversity scholarship program is named in memory of Goah’s wife, Betty Hill Goah, and Johnson is a member of the college’s Board of Trustees and pastor of Thankful Baptist Church in Johnson City.

Other council members include: John Arrendondo, director of business development at Mountain States Health Alliance; Ralph Davis, president of the local NAACP District IV chapter; Vincent Dial, pastor of Bethel Christian Church in Jonesborough; Angela Freeman, executive director of the Appalachian Girl Scouts Council; Kirby Hill, senior pastor of Jubilee World Outreach in Johnson City; Dr. W. A. Johnson, pastor of Lee Street Baptist Church in Bristol; Jeff Jones, director at Citibank in Gray; Lester Lattany, executive director of the United Way of Johnson City; Bart Lyons, director of the Legion Street Parks and Recreation Center in Johnson City; C. C. Mills, Jr., assistant district attorney in Greeneville and pastor of Friendship Baptist Church; and Ashleigh Norris, guidance counselor at Tennessee High School.

College representatives on the council include Dr. Lee Magness, professor of Bible; Dr. Susan Higgins, professor of sociology and missions; and Nathaniel Moultrie, director of diversity.

Last year Milligan launched several initiatives to increase the percentage of underrepresented minorities on the Milligan campus and “provide all students with a more diverse learning experience to better prepare them for today’s global society,” said Milligan President Don Jeanes.

Jeanes explained the college’s philosophy for diversity, stating that diversity enriches the educational experience for all students, promotes personal growth and a healthy society, strengthens communities and the workplace, and reflects God’s kingdom.

“Our desire for sustainable diversity is very high. We believe that it is essential for us to fulfill our primary mission and provide a quality education for our students,” said Jeanes.

For more information, contact Lee Fierbaugh, VP for Enrollment Management and Marketing, at 423.461.8719.

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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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