Millican testifies on Capitol Hill

Invoking chapter 58 of Isaiah, outgoing OC board chair Don Millican spoke to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on the importance of funding early childhood programs, particularly those targeted to low-income families in March.

“It tells me all of my religious practices are worthless if I do not break the yoke of oppression. In my opinion, there is no greater yoke of oppression than that laid upon a child born in generational poverty – a child who did not choose the circumstances of his or her birth,” said Millican, chief financial officer of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company.

One of Millican’s co-panelists before the committee was actress Jennifer Garner, representing Save the Children.

Millican, who will remain on OC’s board, stepped down as chair in April after a remarkable 15 years of leadership.

Highlights of his tenure include the success of the $30 million Thrive! campaign, a comprehensive $34 million student residence project and the construction of other facilities, including Lawson Commons, McGraw Pavilion, the Freede Centennial Tower, and the Noble Science Wing.

The success and growth of OC’s academic programs included new master’s degrees in accounting, computer science, divinity, engineering, and theological studies, expanded undergraduate offerings, and the university’s reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in 2006 and 2016.

Enrollment surged, with the top 12 enrollment totals in OC history coming in the last 12 years.

OC remained on the forefront of educational technology, enjoyed a golden age of welcoming distinguished guest speakers to campus, and expanded its global reach through missions, a partnership with Rwanda, numerous exchange and study abroad programs, and the launch of OC’s Das Millicanhaus in Vienna.

Spring 2017

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