Return includes keynote address at Commencement and portrait unveiling
In an emotional reunion, Millikin University welcomed back President Emeritus Dr. Patrick E. White to deliver the keynote address at Spring Commencement in May 2022. White served as the 15th president of Millikin beginning in October 2013 after joining Millikin as interim president in July 2013. He retired as president of Millikin on June 30, 2020.
Under Dr. White's leadership, Millikin was revitalized and reimagined through a commitment to Millikin's signature Performance Learning and a new energy for growth in academic and athletic programs, student body and campus facilities. In 2015, under Dr. White's guidance, Millikin completed its "Transform MU" capital campaign, exceeding its $85 million goal by over $10 million. This successful initiative led to the design and construction of innovative, transformative facilities, including the Workman Family Softball Field, the University Commons, the Workman Family Baseball Field and the Center for Theatre & Dance.
Prior to his speaking engagement, White was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his impressive record of leadership. Addressing the Class of 2022, White said, "Be inspired once again to perform your life … a life in which you will do good, do smart, do justice, do love, do the right thing and carry Millikin forward with you proudly into the larger world."
A portrait of President Emeritus Dr. Patrick White, painted by his daughter, Molly White, was unveiled during Commencement weekend.