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Atlanta Christian College president to speak at Milligan commencement

Dr. Charles Allen to be honored with Fide et Amore award

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Dec. 3, 2008) — Atlanta Christian College Interim President Dean C. Collins will be the keynote speaker at Milligan College’s fall commencement on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in Seeger Memorial Chapel.

As part of the ceremony, the college will honor Dr. Charles Allen of Johnson City with the distinguished Fide et Amore award in recognition of his faith, love and service to the college. Allen has served on the Board of Trustees at Milligan for over 25 years.

Milligan’s December graduates include four bachelor of arts (B.A.), 25 bachelor of science (B.S.), 12 master of business administration (M.B.A.), 30 master of education (M.Ed.), and 22 master of science in occupational therapy (MSOT) students.

Collins has served as interim president at ACC since 2006. Under his leadership the college achieved record enrollment and instituted the ACCESS program, a degree completion program for adult students. Prior to being named interim president, Collins served as an advisor to the college and trustees as well as an adjunct faculty member and interim vice president of student development.

Collins completed his undergraduate degree at Atlanta Christian College and a master of education degree in counselor education from Auburn University. While at Auburn, Collins established the Auburn Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational campus ministry that still thrives. In 1989, he founded New Directions Counseling Center in Atlanta and served as executive director over multiple locations and professionals offering a wide range of behavioral, family and marriage therapy in a Christian environment.

In addition to his presidential responsibilities at ACC, Collins works with DC Consulting, a company he founded in 1999 which works with multiple Fortune 500 companies to provide coaching and guidance in areas of executive leadership, organizational effectiveness and optimization of business relationships. He also serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations.

A complete schedule of graduation weekend activities is available online atwww.milligan.edu/commencement or by calling 423.461.8681.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college 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 College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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