Howard L. McMillan Jr. of Jackson was named dean of the Else School of Management at Millsaps College in 2006, and is currently executive-in-residence. Widely recognized as a significant business leader in Jackson, in Mississippi and throughout the United States, McMillan has been involved with the Else School of Management since 2002, when he was named executive-in-residence.
A native of Jackson, McMillan is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, and he attended the Harvard School of Business Administration and the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. In May 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Millsaps College. A former president of Deposit Guaranty National Bank and Deposit Guaranty Corporation in Jackson, McMillan is a former adviser in Morgan Stanley's Wealth Management area. McMillan is currently working with the Mississippi Development Authority in Katrina relief efforts, particularly the administration of the state's large housing grant. He also serves on the board of directors of First Commercial Bank.
McMillan is a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank (Atlanta) and a past president of the American Bankers Association. Locally, he has served as president of the United Way, the Country Club of Jackson and Century Club Charities, and as chairman of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Association, the board of trustees of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and the Metropolitan Jackson Crime Commission.
"As a member of Mississippi's business community, I have long been aware of the outstanding contributions that Millsaps College has made to the education of future business leaders for the state," said McMillan. "Having worked closely with the Else School for the last few years, I have become even more aware of what a great resource Millsaps is, and I am looking forward to enhancing our position as the leading business school in the region."
Millsaps is one of a small group of national liberal arts colleges with both a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and accreditation at the graduate and undergraduate level by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). The college's placement in the top tier of liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2006 makes Millsaps the top-ranked liberal arts college in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama and among the top five in the Deep South. Millsaps is listed in U.S. News under "Programs to Look For" with 16 other colleges that make writing a priority, including Amherst, Harvard and Duke.
McMillan is married to the former Mary Eliza Love, a native of Jackson and a direct descendent of Reuben Webster Millsaps, for whom Millsaps College is named. The McMillans have two children, Mrs. F. W. Garraway Jr. and Howard L. McMillan III, and four grandchildren.
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