Millikin University has unveiled this new website to provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the community to thank President Patrick White, and his wife, Chris, for their years of dedication and leadership at Millikin, and wish them well in retirement.

Please tag social media posts with #tipyourcap and #thankspwhite.



Please join us as we give the Big Blue community a chance to say farewell and thank you to President White and his wife, Chris, for their leadership of our University over the past seven years.

As we all know, President White doesn’t go anywhere without his Big Blue ball cap. Now, you can sport his iconic cap and “Tip Your Cap” in thanks and celebration of President White’s upcoming retirement.

This spring, we will be collecting memories and messages for Dr. and Mrs. White to thank them for their years of dedicated service to Millikin University. We will also be selling commemorative blue ballcaps featuring the phrase "tip your cap" on the back in honor of President White. For each hat purchased, $15 of the purchase price will be donated to Annual Scholarships in honor of our 15th university President, Dr. Patrick E. White. 

Join us and "Tip Your Cap" to Dr. and Mrs. white! 






Get the Cap

Big Blue HatYou can now sport the iconic blue ball-cap worn by our very own President White! This limited edition cap features an inscripted "Tip Your Cap" on the back. Purchase your $25 commemorative cap today. $15 of your purchase will be donated to Annual Scholarships in honor of our 15th President. Don't forget to bring this cap to a 'Tip Your Cap' farewell event near you!

Hats can be picked up in person during one of the designated pickup events in the University Commons, Alumni & Development Center, or mailed directly to you. Please select your preferred delivery method on the link.

Don't forget to post a photo in your hat using the hashtags #tipyourcap and #thankspwhite! 


Submit a Memory

Do you have a great memory about or involving President White? How about a picture to share? Would you like to send a well-wish to the Whites for their retirement? Click the link below! We will be compiling submissions in a lovely gift for the Whites in June. Remember to share your content on your own social media too, tagging #tipyourcap and #thankspwhite!

Submit a memory with President White

About President White

Dr. Patrick White was elected the 15th president of Millikin University in October 2013, having joined the University as interim president in July of that same year. Under his leadership, Millikin has been 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.

Among President White's many accomplishments:
  • In 2015, Millikin completed its “Transform MU” capital campaign 14 months early, exceeding its $85 million goal by over $10 million. This successful initiative led to the design and construction of innovative, transformative facilities on the University’s campus. 

  • In 2017, the $31 million University Commons, which serves as the “front door" to campus, officially opened. The University Commons houses the Staley Library, the Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, the University dining hall and additional spaces designed for collaborative use by faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community.

  • The Workman Family Softball Field, one of the best in the nation, was unveiled for the spring 2017 softball season

  • Under President White’s guidance, Millikin University officially opened the new on-campus home of the Big Blue Baseball program, with the dedication of the new Workman Family Baseball Field on Sept. 27, 2019. Millikin is the only school in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) with an on-campus baseball-only facility with a full turf field and clubhouse.

  • The University’s Center for Theatre & Dance will be completed in fall 2020. For the first time, Millikin’s School of Theatre and Dance will have a facility whose quality and potential match its national reputation. This $29 million state-of-the-art facility will feature a 260-seat flexible theatre with orchestra pit and balcony, lighting and sound labs, a costume studio, collaboration spaces, costume and design classrooms and office space for current staff with room for growth.

Read President White's full biography here.