• The Gilliam Wellness Center earned the award of excellence in the 2011 Design Awards Program sponsored by General Shale Brick and the Northeast Tennessee chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program successfully completed its reaccreditation with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), extending the program’s accreditation for the next 10 years


  • Milligan announced new dual degree and affiliation agreements with the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis and Union University’s School of Pharmacy in Jackson. The college has similar agreements with the pharmacy schools at East Tennessee State University and Mercer University in Atlanta
  • Milligan announced it will offer a Master of Science in Counseling degree in Fall 2012 to help meet a rapidly growing demand for more professionals in the mental health field
  • Milligan earned nine ADDY® awards from the American Advertising Federation for student and staff work


  • Milligan’s P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library was featured by EBSCO, a leading producer of research databases, for the library’s new “MCSearch” tool using EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS)
  • Eight Milligan students were selected as finalists in the 32nd Annual Photographer’s Forum Photo Contest
  • A visiting team from SACS conducted Milligan’s very successful reaffirmation of accreditation on-site visit
  • The track and field program captured its second straight AAC Outdoor Track and Field titles and sent six athletes to compete in the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships


  • Milligan recognized 10 local leaders who have demonstrated servant leadership in their careers and community at the college’s annual Leaders in Christian Service program
  • The One-Act Play Festival celebrated its 25th year, accompanied by the 12th annual Milligan Film Festival
  • Students Jessie Davis and Natalia Rivas received awards at the Appalachian Student Research Forum
  • More than 60 awards and scholarships were presented to students at the annual Awards Convocation
  • President Bill Greer announced the $12.5 million first phase of a student housing village made possible by the largest single gift ever made to the college
  • Senior Mandy Oaks presented her research on the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Washington, D.C. at the Council on Undergraduate Research


  • Milligan announced a new political science major
  • Fide et Amore awards were presented to Dr. Susan Higgins and Sue Skidmore for their loving and faithful service to the college
  • Longtime professors Bert Allen and Pat Magness retired and were honored for their service
  • 208 students received degrees
  • Women’s golf claimed its first AAC Regular Season title and its first national tournament bid
  • Women’s softball clinched a share of their eighth AAC regular season title
  • Women’s tennis team captured their third straight AAC title as they went undefeated through the conference schedule


  • 1950 alum Francis Gary Powers was presented posthumously a Silver Star at a Pentagon service. Powers was shot down May 1,1960, flying a reconnaissance mission in a U-2 spy plane over Soviet air space. Eventually freed, his capture was considered one of the most significant events of the Cold War.


  • Milligan was one of 200 colleges nationwide featuredin the 2012-2013 Colleges of Distinction
  • The Youth in Ministry (YiM) Student Leadership Conference celebrated its 10th anniversary with almost 100 youth from 13 states and 55 churches
  • President Bill Greer celebrated his 1st year in office
  • The Milligan College dance team won several accolades, including a Superior team rating and the 2012 Program Improvement award at the Universal Dance Association’s (UDA) camp at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville


  • Milligan mourned the death of Isaac Nidiffer, assistant professor of mathematics, who passed away Aug. 7 after a period of declining health
  • Milligan hosted the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team for training, Aug. 9-16
  • Milligan celebrated the past, present and future of its athletics program at a rededication ceremony for the newly renovated Steve Lacy Fieldhouse
  • Milligan concluded a national search for its new vice president for academic affairs and dean with the appointment of Dr. R. Garland Young
  • Construction began on a modern student housing village, to be completed by Fall 2013
  • Milligan welcomed seven new full-time faculty members
  • Milligan welcomed its second-largest fall enrollment in college history, with 1,164 students
  • Milligan ranked among the top 100 baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly
  • Milligan mourned the sudden death of its 14th president and chancellor, Dr. Donald R. Jeanes, who passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 27


  • Milligan ranked #6 in the South and #3 Best Values in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings
  • Milligan was designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the fourth consecutive year
  • Four Milligan students presented research at the 2012 Appalachian College Association-University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Research Symposium


  • Former Milligan President Marshall Leggett spoke in chapel
  • Homecoming festivities welcome hundreds of alumni and friends, with a variety of activities, ranging from a play to the annual parade and fall festival
  • President Dr. Bill Greer announced the addition of three specialized tracks in leadership, healthcare management, and operations management to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program
  • It was announced that Milligan College and Emmanuel Christian Seminary would continue a period of due-diligence, studying the possibility that Emmanuel would be integrated into Milligan College


  • Milligan’s Theatre for Young Audiences celebrated its 25th anniversary with a tour of area elementary schools with an original production titled “The Tech-tastic Time Travelers”
  • Seven students represented Milligan during the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference (SRMUN) in Atlanta
  • Milligan expanded its Master of Science in counseling program to include options for students who want to become licensed school counselors
  • Freshman Caleb McNeese was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice as part of the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court
  • The women’s cross country team recorded their 10th straight AAC title as they swept the top five positions for a perfect score.
  • The men’s soccer team captured their second straight AAC regular season title with a 7-1 conference record and players Chris Ochieng and Nahom Tekle ranked nationally for goals and assists, respectively


  • Milligan inducted a record 46 new members into its chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success, an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals
  • Milligan received reaffirmation of its accreditation for the next 10 years from its accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
  • Milligan professors Simon J. Dahlman and Noah DeLong were recipients of the 2013-2014 Appalachian College Association Faculty Fellowship
  • Milligan presented its Fide et Amore award to Dr. David Runner for his loving and faithful service to the college
  • 101 students received degrees

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Posted by on December 31, 2012.