Millikin University Begins Search for 16th President

The Millikin Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that the search for the 16th president of Millikin University has officially begun.

In February, Dr. Patrick E. White, Millikin’s current president, announced plans to retire effective June 30, 2020. Dr. White was elected the 15th president of Millikin University in October 2013. Under the leadership of President White and with the creative collaboration of all of Millikin, we have made significant progress on many fronts. We have continued to build on our strong tradition of academic excellence and our commitment to Performance Learning; we completed the Transform MU capital campaign and have continued to mark strong fundraising with record annual fund contributions and growth in endowed scholarships; we have grown the number and success of our athletic programs; we have worked to stabilize enrollments and have achieved growth in net tuition revenue and student diversity; we have changed the face of the campus through facilities that serve our students and community in new and exciting ways; we have risen in the national higher education rankings and earned notice in a number of rankings of specific programs; and so much more. Consequently, the next president will have much to build on and significant forward momentum.

At the same time, as a tuition-dependent institution in a competitive environment, we face continuing and significant challenges. With the right leadership, however, Millikin’s momentum can be increased and its potential more fully realized. We hope that this search process will help bring the Millikin community together in support of our next president.

The Millikin Board of Trustees has authorized a Presidential Search Committee and has launched a national search for Dr. White's successor. The Millikin Board of Trustees is committed to working with the search committee and the whole Millikin community to find the new leadership we need and to strengthen the University as we move forward together. We will try to be as transparent as the demands of confidentiality and good practice allow, and we will communicate with you regularly. For more information, please review the timeline for the Presidential Search. We value your opinion, so please share your thoughts with us on the community input form.


Thank you,

Randell Blackburn '74, Chair
Millikin University Board of Trustees