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Milligan dedicates the Dr. Carrie Swanay Studio

Dr. Carrie Swanay poses with former and current students in attendance.

Faculty in the area of performing, visual and communicative arts at Milligan celebrate with Dr. Swanay.

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (April 23, 2019) — Milligan College hosted a dedication and reception for the Dr. Carrie Swanay Studio in the Paxson Communications Center this afternoon, Tuesday, April 23. Faculty, students, alumni and community leaders attended to honor the beloved Milligan professor.

Swanay served as professor of communications for 29 years and as the area chair for performing, visual and communicative arts for 10 years. She brought extensive professional broadcasting experience when she joined the faculty and helped oversee the operations of the college’s emerging communications major. During her tenure, she led the faculty and the arts program through several curriculum changes, and most recently, she was instrumental in the creation of the graphic design and musical theatre majors.

“I am very happy to receive this honor. It is hard to believe that I have been coming in and out of these doors for almost 30 years,” said Swanay. “This studio is a special place, and it has been an honor to teach so many students over the years. I believe it was God’s calling for me to come to Milligan College and help build this program. There are so many special people that are a part of today’s celebration and that really touches my heart.”

In the dedication, President Dr. Bill Greer emphasized Swanay’s dedication to her students, her ability to embrace change and her generosity to her colleagues.

“For almost thirty years, Carrie has been a devoted teacher; a conscientious administrator, committee member, and area chair; and an innovator and entrepreneur for the communicative arts,” said Greer. “Above all, Carrie is an eager advocate of the college, and we are proud to now have the Dr. Carrie Swanay Studio.”

Swanay was presented the Fide et Amore award, Milligan’s highest acknowledgement of service, at the college’s fall commencement ceremony in 2018.

Prior to joining Milligan’s faculty, Swanay served as manager of the production department at WJHL-TV 11. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and completed a doctoral degree with a concentration in digital multimedia design and development at Virginia Tech.


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

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