By BMC Public Relations
BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. – North Mississippi native Barbara Childers McMillin will become the eighth president of Blue Mountain College.
Carl White, president of the BMC Board of Trustees, made the announcement Thursday morning. McMillin will succeed Bettye Rogers Coward, who will retire June 30 after 11 years as BMC president.
McMillin, who grew up 15 miles north of Blue Mountain in Falkner, is the current Associate Provost and Dean of Instruction at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she has been a member of the faculty for the past 20 years.
“This is a gift that is hard to imagine – being called back home to become part of the Blue Mountain College family,” McMillin said. “This is all so very humbling.
“Quite honestly, we never considered that such a blessing would be ours, but we are delighted and grateful for this opportunity.”
White, senior pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Meridian, Miss., said McMillin made a very positive impression when the search for the new BMC president began several months ago.
“Dr. McMillin brings a lifetime of devotion to Christian higher education,” he said. “Her experience in the classroom and in administration has given her the background needed to be able to provide leadership for our school.
“But more than that, she brings a love for Christ, and for the Kingdom of God that exudes a deep spiritual walk. She also has a vision for how Christian higher education should look and feel that is compelling.”
McMillin, 52, is an alumna of Northeast Mississippi Community College, Union University and the University of Mississippi.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Union, McMillin earned both her M.A. and D.A. in English at Ole Miss. As a graduate student, she was a teaching assistant at Ole Miss and an English Instructor at BMC in the summers of 1985 and 1987.
McMillin was a member of the NEMCC English faculty for five years before joining the Union faculty in the fall of 1992. She was named Union’s Faculty of the Year in 1999.
A lifelong Southern Baptist, McMillin and her husband, Larry, have a son, Sam, who will be an eighth-grader in the fall.
She will become president on August 1. Dr. Janice Nicholson, Executive Vice President for Student Affairs and Graduate/Special Programs at BMC, will serve as acting president during July.