Mission Statement

Millsaps College is dedicated to academic excellence, open inquiry and free expression, the exploration of faith to inform vocation, and the innovative shaping of the social, economic, and cultural progress of our region.

Vision Statement

Building on its motto, “Ad Excellentiam,” its strong heritage of social justice, freedom of thought and reflection on life’s most important questions, and its central location in the capital city of Mississippi, Millsaps engages students in a transformative learning and leadership experience that results in personal and intellectual growth, commitment to good citizenship in our global society, and a desire to succeed and make a positive difference in every community they touch.

Strategic Goals

“Ad Excellentiam”

Achieve our motto. Define standards of excellence and establish measureable goals for all programs; annually evaluate programs according to these standards and goals; make required improvements to bring programs and performance up to the standards; establish benchmarks and assessment mechanisms to ensure progress toward future goals; foster a culture that emphasizes and promotes the continuous pursuit of excellence in all that we do.

Local and Global Experience and Influence

Create a distinctive leadership development program – “Across the Street and Around the Globe: Partnerships and Influence at Millsaps College,” – to capitalize on our experience and assets, to differentiate Millsaps from other colleges, and to allow our students and the college to more actively and purposefully engage with and influence our local community as well as the communities we touch around the globe, offering every student an opportunity to participate in intercultural experiences both internationally and locally.

Campus Enhancement

Enhance and maintain a campus that is beautiful, environmentally sustainable, supports the needs of our students, faculty and staff, and is economically viable and accessible to all members of the community. Reclaim the northeast corner of campus so that it clearly establishes Millsaps’ presence. Identify and prioritize building and renovation of needed spaces.

Ethical Heritage and Church Relations

Promote our heritage of social justice, commitment to freedom of thought, welcoming acceptance and inclusion of all people, and critical reflection on the most important questions in life. Build on this heritage by developing an enhanced relationship with our founding body, the United Methodist Church.

Expand and Diversify the Student Body and Enhance Systems of Student Support

Increase the size and diversity of the student body to optimal levels, enhance mechanisms of support, and promote engagement of students in the life of the college during their undergraduate and graduate years.

Increase the Endowment and Ensure Financial Strength

Increase the college’s endowment to enable achievement of the goals of the strategic plan and generate sufficient funding for financial stability.

Learn more about the major initiatives of each strategic goal in an extended version of the strategic plan.