David and his wife, Debra, established the David L. and Debra S. Weatherford Scholarship, which provides support for a business student with preference given to a transfer student.

“My wife and I have spent over three decades, including relocations to five states, pursuing our business careers and we have great respect for the skill set required to succeed in the business field. Our endowed scholarship will help deserving students achieve their education goals and


Family information:
Five daughters: Tiana M. Perry, 39; Aleshia N. Buskirk, 34; Jermella Fulford, 34; Shemika R. Stanley, 28; Naomi D. Stanley, 18. Seven grandchildren: Hakeemah Fuller, 21; DeMarkus Perry, 18; DeaVon Perry, 17; Markayla Tucker, 15; Markita Tucker, 15; Kasius Buskirk, 8; Kyson Buskirk, 4.

Sport(s) and position(s): Football, outside linebacker

Millikin major: Business Administration

As passionate supporters of the performing arts, Dr. Randy Rentfro and Dr. Ron Lennon have a special interest in the power of arts to shape a community. For this reason, they have committed their support to Millikin University’s Center for Theatre & Dance. Randy and Ron have given $50,000 to name the office of the director of the School of Theatre & Dance and an additional $30,000 to name a faculty office. Their investment reflects their belief in the theatre and dance programs at the University


Millikin major: Sociology/Psychology 

Spouse and family information: Wife Cynthia; children: CJ Neff ’04 and Doug Neff ’07; and grandchildren Drew Neff, 15; Liam Neff, 4; Camilla Neff, 3; and Riley Neff, 3

Major while at Millikin: Accounting

Current employer and job title: Partner and branch manager, Brechnitz Group of Raymond James

Why did you choose to attend Millikin? Campus size

What are some of your accomplishments since

Please describe some of your accomplishments after Millikin

Cornell C. Thomas, DDS. Assistant Dean for Admissions & Student Services, Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. President of Thomas Dental Office, PC

What aspects of your Millikin education have helped you in attaining professional/personal success?

1. Ability to multitask 2. Prepared me for the rigor of professional school 3. Involvement in community service 4. Athlete/played baseball all four


Driven By Determination

By Deb Hale Kirchner  |  Published in the Spring 2017 issue of Millikin Magazine.


Millikin major: Mathematics

Current employment: Adjunct instructor in entrepreneurship at Millikin; retired as owner of Nims Associates in 2004, an IT consulting company.

Why did you choose MU?
The size of the university offered a more attractive environment than large public universities, and the liberal arts focus was appealing to me.

What activities did you participate in as a student at MU?


Millikin major: Music education

  • Other degrees:
    • Master of Music in organ performance at University of Illinois
    • Master of library science at Indiana University

Current employment: Executive director at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Ill.

Why did you choose MU?
I chose Millikin University because of its excellent reputation and the high quality of the School of

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