Oklahoma Christian University’s first annual J.J. Millican Ethics Lecture will feature former Assistant Secretary of the Interior Neal McCaleb, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. in OC’s Gaylord University Center. The program, hosted by the School of Business Administration, is free and open to the public.
The Ethics Lecture is presented in honor of the late J.J. (Joe) Millican, a respected Christian businessman who worked as a certified public accountant and as a national partner with Ernst & Young until he retired in 1980. Funding for the program was provided by Millican’s son, Don Millican of Tulsa and Don’s wife, Donna.
McCaleb, who holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University, has been in private practice in engineering and real estate development for more than 35 years. He also spent 20 years in public service, including eight years in the state legislature where he served as Republican floor leader.
McCaleb was appointed the first secretary of transportation by Governor Henry Bellmon in 1987. He served four years in the dual role of director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and was instrumental in the construction of the urban turnpikes in Oklahoma City and Tulsa as well as the Cherokee and Chickasaw Turnpikes in eastern rural Oklahoma. He was reappointed secretary of transportation by Governor Frank Keating and served six and a half years as director of both ODOT and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. During that period, he led the completion of the John Kilpatrick and Creek Turnpikes in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
McCaleb is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and was appointed by President George Bush to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as assistant secretary of the interior in 2001. He led the reorganization of the BIA to make it a more responsive and effective trustee organization for Native American interests in the management of 56 million acres of Indian Trust Land.
McCaleb has served the Chickasaw Nation since 2003 as an advisor to assist them in developing long-term economic strategies. He also serves on the board of directors of Bank 2, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation, and on the board of directors of Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc. He has also served on the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission, National Council on Indian Opportunity, President’s Commission on Indian Reservation Economics and the Oklahomans for Indian Opportunity. He currently serves on the Board of Regents for the University of Arts & Sciences of Oklahoma. He has been inducted into the OSU College of Engineering & Architecture Hall of Fame and the Chickasaw National Hall of Fame.
Neal and his wife, Georgann, live in Edmond. They have four children and 13 grandchildren.
Don and Donna Millican are members of the Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, Oklahoma where Don serves as an elder and Donna serves as the women’s ministry leader. Don is the chief financial officer for George Kaiser and his diverse holdings, including Kaiser-Francis Oil Company. Previously he was a partner with Ernst & Young, having served on the firm’s national partner board, as the managing partner of the firm’s Oklahoma practice and as the overall coordinating partner for the firm’s services to such clients as Wal-Mart and ExxonMobil. He retired from Ernst & Young in 2003 after almost 30 years in public accounting.
Don serves as the chairman of the Board of Trustees for Oklahoma Christian University, having served on the board since 1996. He also serves on the board of Tulsa Educare Inc, a provider of early childhood education to underprivileged children, on the board of Community Action Project, the local Head Start provider for Tulsa and on the board of Neighbor for Neighbor, a faith-based provider of medical and legal services to those in poverty. Donna serves on the board of Continent of Great Cities, which trains missionary teams for Latin America.
Don is a graduate of the University of North Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and Donna attended Texas Women’s University and the University of Oklahoma.
They have been married for almost 35 years and have three children and five grandchildren. One of their children is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian as are a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Dr. Phil Lewis at 425-5560.