Dr. Lynn McMillon recently announced his desire to step down from the role of Dean of the College of Biblical Studies at the end of the academic year 2009-10 in order to return to the classroom which has long been a love close to his heart. He will continue in his teaching role as a Distinguished Professor in the College of Biblical Studies and will also continue as CEO and Editor of The Christian Chronicle.
"OC Alumnus (1963) Dr. Lynn McMillon has been an important teacher, mentor, and administrator at the University since 1966," Dr. Mike O'Neal, president, said. "Over the past 43 years, he has been one of our most able teachers and goodwill ambassadors. Under his leadership as Dean, the College of Biblical Studies has experienced increased academic and professional respect. He has hired eight of the 11 current full-time faculty giving the College of Biblical Studies the highest percentage of doctorates among the colleges."
During his 13 years as Dean, Dr. McMillon also began an endowment for the College of Biblical Studies which has grown to nearly $200,000, as well as added a Master of Divinity degree to the graduate program, added 11,000 Bible-related volumes to the library, revised the curriculum twice, increased scholarship offerings, developed an experienced corps of adjunct professors, has overseen the refurbishment of the Williams-Branch Center for Biblical Studies, and promoted service to the church across the nation and worldwide.
Under his leadership, the Christian Chronicle has paid off a debt to the University of almost $900,000 and has accumulated a reserve. The Chronicle endowment has also grown from $589,000 to $811,000.
He also serves as an elder at the Memorial Road Church of Christ.
McMillon holds the Ph.D. in Religion from Baylor University in Church History and World Religions. He has done post-doctoral study at the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. He has published three books and numerous articles. "Over the next few months a national search will be made to fill the Dean's position. I know you will want to thank Dr. McMillon for his many contributions to OC as Dean and encourage him as he continues his work in other vital areas."