Spouse’s name and family information: Ann Davidson Peel ’68; children: Amanda Peel Crowley and Allison Peel Bragan; grandchildren: Will Crowley, 12; Sam Crowley, 10; Annie Crowley, 5; and Aran Bragan, 6
Majors while at Millikin: Political science and theatre (double major)
Other degrees, including awarding institutions: Master’s in public administration and urban affairs, American University (1973)
Current employer and job title: Partner - Edington, Peel & Associates
Why did you choose to attend Millikin?
It was cheaper and more welcoming than Harvard.
What activities did you participate in while a student at Millikin?
- Directed and helped create three original Homecoming shows
- More than a dozen Millikin theater performances
- President’s advisory committee
- President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity
- Class officer
- Italy work-study scholarship
- Debate team
- Marching band
- Inter-fraternity council
What are some of your accomplishments since graduating from Millikin?
- Staff director of the House Foreign Operations and Military Construction committees
- Directed and wrote the book for six original musicals and other shows
- Capital improvements coordinator for the mayor of Washington, D.C.
- Authored a publication of my interviews with children and mothers in South Asia, Africa and Latin America
- Along with my wife, Ann Peel, spearheaded advocacy for research and treatment of the disease amyloidosis
- Recipient of the UNICEF Jim Grant Children’s Champion Award
- Tried but did not accomplish peace in the Middle East
Apart from supporting the Big Blue, what is your favorite pastime?
- Being a member of the board of the Washington Arena Stage and the Boston University School of Medicine
- Participating as the chairman of Library Committee of the Washington Metropolitan Club and a member of the Metropolitan Mountain Climbers
- Attending theater and jazz performances and Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals games
- Performing magic shows for my four grandchildren
What Millikin professor or staff member made the greatest impact on you, and why?
Dr. Jere Mickel, head of the Millikin Speech and Theatre Department: Doc taught me acting, which guided me in my 20 years of work on Capitol Hill. (Dr. Jere Mickel was a faculty member in the theatre program at Millikin from 1953 until 1969.)
Dr. Glen Smith, dean of the business school: As I was one of the few theatre majors to venture into the business school, Dr. Smith taught me perseverance. His economics courses taught me the value of understanding theories of economics. Even with that knowledge, I have not been able to solve the U.S. deficit. (Dr. Glen Smith was the first dean of the School of Business and Industrial Management. He retired in 1974.)
What is your most memorable Millikin experience?
Dating and marrying Ann Davidson (class of 1968).
What is one concept you learned at Millikin that you use regularly?
Don't overestimate yourself. Also, don't underestimate yourself.
What advice would you give to current MU students about preparing for life after graduation?
Be guided by what you learn at Millikin, but think for yourself. Don't enter politics until you have a secure day job.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with the Millikin community?
If someone asks you "Where is Millikin?" look at them like they must be really stupid.