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Howard L. McMillan
Jr. of Jackson has been named dean of the Else School of Management
at Millsaps College. 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.
He will replace Dr. Ken Harmon, who has accepted a position
at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
are absolutely delighted that Howard McMillan has accepted
the position of dean of the Else School of Management at Millsaps
College, said Dr. Frances Lucas, president of Millsaps
College. His expertise in business, leadership and community
support will enrich the education of hundreds of future leaders.
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 Stanleys
Wealth Management area. McMillan is currently working with
the Mississippi Development Authority in Katrina relief efforts,
particularly the administration of the states large
housing grant. He also serves on the board of directors of
First Commercial Bank.
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
a member of Mississippis 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.
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 colleges
placement in the top tier of liberal arts colleges by U.S.
News & World Reports Americas 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.
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
Pitfalls, and Progress: Revitalizing Downtown Jackson"
will be the topic of the Spring 2006 Else School of Management
Business Forum to be held Wednesday, April 19 on the Millsaps
College campus. A panel of individuals experienced in redevelopment
will provide insight on the future of the capitol city's downtown
area. Panelists are Duane O'Neill, President and CEO of the
MetroJackson Chamber of Commerce; Henry Turley, founder of
the Henry Turley Company; and W. David Watkins, President
and CEO of Watkins Partners. The panel will be moderated by
Phil Hardwick, coordinator of Capacity Development at the
John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State
University. The forum is sponsored by The Clarion Ledger,
Entergy Mississippi, and St. Dominic Health Services.
O'Neill has been President of the MetroJackson Chamber of
Commerce since 1993. He has previously served as Regional
Director of the Southern Economic Development Council. He
also served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Economic
Development Council and the Mississippi Association of Chamber
Henry Turley founded the Henry Turley Company in 1977. The
company's focus is community development. Two examples of
its work are the Harbor Town and South Bluffs communities
in Memphis. The Henry Turley Company also works in urban redevelopment,
and has developed a number of properties in downtown Memphis.
W. David Watkins is one of the founders and principals in
Watkins and Young PLLC, a law firm with an emphasis on public
finance and municipal bond law. He is also President and CEO
of Watkins Partners, a governmental relations firm with client
matters in Mississippi and in Washington, D.C. Mr. Watkins
is also involved with various urban development projects,
including the rehabilitation of the long-abandoned King Edward
Hotel in Jackson.
Prior to joining the Stennis Institute in August of 2003,
Phil Hardwick was Vice President of Community and Economic
Development at Mississippi Valley Gas Company. He is the immediate
Past-President of the Mississippi Main Street Association
and a Past-President of the Mississippi Economic Development
The forum will be held in the Leggett Special Events Center
on the Millsaps College campus. Doors open at 3 p.m., and
the program begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception at
5:15. Tickets are $10 per person. Seating is limited and reservations
are recommended. For reservations or more information, contact
Martha Lee at 601-974-1250.
Four of the Mississippi
Business Journal's 2006 "Top 40 under 40" are Else
School alumni. Congratulations to Allison Lesley Graves,
Entergy Mississippi, MBA'96; Ray Harrigill, the SunRay
Companies, BBA '90, MBA'91; Mark McCreery, MJM Consulting
Group Inc., BBA'88, MBA'90; and Elisa Phillips, Regions
Financial Corp., MBA'92.
The Else School honorees, from L to R: Graves, Harrigill,
McCreery, and Phillips.
1701 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39210-0001
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