Journeys Lecture honors 3 retiring Milligan faculty members

Dr. Charlotte Anderson

Dr. LeRoy Lawson

Dr. Richard Lura

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (March 9, 2016) — Several longtime Milligan College professors will be speaking at the college’s Journeys Lecture on Thursday, March 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Milligan’s McGlothlin-Street Theatre located in the Gregory Center. Hosted by Milligan’s honor society, Alpha Chi, the event is free and open to the public.

“The Journeys Lecture provides an opportunity for retiring faculty members to speak to whatever is on their hearts as they approach retirement,” said Mary Jackson, Alpha Chi sponsor and research and instruction librarian. “Each lecture is unique to the individual, and I’m always delighted to gain insights from my wonderful colleagues. It should be a fantastic evening with lots of memories, laughter and perhaps even a few tears.”

Dr. Charlotte Anderson, assistant professor of the practice of music, has served for nine years at Milligan in the music area, where she teaches applied and class voice, vocal pedagogy, The Alexander Technique, directs the men’s a cappella group, Heard Mentality and co-directs Women’s Chorale. Anderson also is a vocal coach for musicals at Milligan.

In January 2012, Dr. E. LeRoy Lawson joined the full-time faculty of Emmanuel Christian Seminary after an association that goes back to its first year of classes on Milligan’s campus in 1965. At the college, he has served for 22 years in various roles including trustee, assistant professor of English, English department chair, director of the humanities program, vice president and now currently serves as professor of Christian ministries with special emphases in church administration and leadership, spiritual formation and preaching. Lawson also is credited with being one of the individuals who started Milligan’s humanities program.

Dr. Richard Lura, professor of chemistry, has served at Milligan for 42 years. Since 1972, Lura and Dr. Gary Wallace, professor of biology, have helped lead students on annual expeditions to various locations all over North America, where they researched birds and aquatic mammals. Lura also has been actively involved in Milligan’s theatre as well as area community theatre.


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 or call 800-262-8337.

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