Mills to speak at Milligan’s Dec. 14 commencement

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Dec. 6, 2012) — Dr. Lori Mills, director of Milligan College’s new master of science in counseling program, will be the keynote speaker at Milligan’s commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Memorial Chapel.

For those who are unable to attend, the ceremony also will be broadcast live at

Milligan will award 101 degrees at the ceremony. The December graduates include four bachelor of arts (B.A.), 31 bachelor of science (B.S.), 16 master of business administration (M.B.A.), 20 master of education (M.Ed.), and 30 master of science in occupational therapy (M.S.O.T.) students.

Mills is a licensed clinical psychologist with health service provider status in the state of Tennessee. Her clinical work has focused on assessment and psychotherapy with adults. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Intermountain Psychological Association.

A 1988 Milligan alumna, Mills completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at the University of Louisville (Louisville, Ky.). In 1993, she returned to Milligan to teach. She serves as professor of psychology and counseling and was named director of Milligan’s new master’s in counseling program when it was introduced in fall 2012. She currently is assisting with the program’s expansion to include a master’s in school counseling option, set to begin in fall 2013.

Mills established a local chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society at Milligan and she remains the faculty sponsor for the chapter. She currently serves as secretary of the honor society’s National Council.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Mills is a volunteer with Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). She is a former IHN board member, as well as the former IHN volunteer coordinator for her church, Boones Creek Christian Church in Johnson City, Tenn., for 10 years. At her church, Mills also leads a discipleship group for high school girls and teaches the College and Career Sunday school class with her husband, Cort.

During commencement, the college also will present Dr. David Runner, professor of music at Milligan, with its highest honor, the Fide et Amore award, in recognition of his loving and faithful service to the college.

A complete schedule of graduation activities is available online at or by calling 423.461.8681.

Posted by on December 6, 2012.