Oklahoma Christian University established the J.J. (Joe) Millican Endowed Chair in Accounting in January 2005.
The $1 million endowment supports Oklahoma Christian and the accounting discipline within the School of Business Administration in the university's College of Professional Studies.
Don Millican and his wife, Donna, established the endowment to honor Don's father, J.J. (Joe) Millican. A respected Christian businessman, faithful husband and devoted father, J.J. Millican worked as a certified public accountant and as a national partner with Ernst & Young until he retired in 1980. He passed away in 1990.
Don Millican is chief financial officer of the Tulsa-based Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, owned by George Kaiser. He chairs OC's Board of Trustees and serves on the university's Business Advisory Council.
Income from the endowment provides academic opportunities to OC students, faculty and the university community through scholarships, programs, activities and other efforts. The permanent resources fund new initiatives and ongoing expenses related to the College of Professional Studies.
Among the initiatives is a lectureship series that brings accounting and business experts to campus to provide unique educational experiences for OC's students, faculty and staff, as well as the surrounding community.
Past speakers have included Neil McCaleb (2005), Sherron Watkins (2007), Susan Hamill (2009), Lee Camp (2010) and Jim Gardner (2011).
"It is a privilege to serve this university as chairman, as I believe so strongly in its worth and its mission. In honoring my father, I hope to set forth an example of a man who held Christian principles and integrity as his most valuable business assets," Don Millican said.