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Fox to begin expanded role in Milligan athletics

Mark FoxMILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (April 30, 2014) — To ensure continued improvement and growth in the areas of student development and athletics, Milligan College announced several key staff realignments, including an expanded role for Vice President Mark Fox.

Fox, who has served for 16 years as vice president for student development at Milligan, has been named vice president for athletics and student development. He will begin his new role June 1.

In this role, he will take on the duties of athletic director and will devote more of his time toward the development of Milligan’s athletic programs, including fundraising for facilities. He will continue his oversight of student development, but will be delegating more of this responsibility.

“This transition highlights the strategic role athletics plays at Milligan, both in the life of our students and campus, and in the branding and visibility of the institution,” said Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer. “Mark’s new position best positions and supports our athletic programs to remain competitive and continually enhance our success.”

Milligan is an athletic powerhouse in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with 24 intercollegiate sports. Milligan’s athletics program provides more than 300 student-athletes the opportunity to compete on the collegiate level. In the past 10 years, Milligan has won 52 conference titles and made 58 national tournament appearances.

“Student athletes are a very important part of our campus, so I am excited to work even closer with the athletes and now with potential donors who share our commitment to growing and improving our athletic performance and reputation,” Fox said.

Ray Smith will take on the role of associate athletic director for facilities and compliance where he will be increasing his oversight of athletic facilities and assisting Fox with various reports and other NAIA and compliance-related issues.

Tony Jones, Milligan’s current director of student success, has been promoted to dean of students. Jones will take over the administrative oversight of all student development programs and report to Fox.

Greer said the promotion is a good fit for Jones, who “has been very successful in leading Milligan’s student success efforts and has been instrumental in increasing student retention.”

In addition, Heather Jackson will join the student development staff, taking on Jones’ former position as director of student success and director of disability services. Jackson also will continue working with Milligan’s office of Calling and Career Exploration and teaching Milligan’s Introduction to Calling and Career class.

The staff realignments are effective June 1.

“These changes position us for future growth and success as we continue to pursue new opportunities that support our mission,” Greer said.

To learn more about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu. To find out more about Milligan athletics, visit www.milliganbuffs.com.

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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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