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McMillon Selected As First Recipient of Endowed Chair

Thursday, July 29, 2010   (0 Comments)
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Lynn McMillon, distinguished professor of Bible at Oklahoma Christian University, has been named the first recipient of an endowed position named in his honor. An anonymous donor gave $1.5 million to create an endowed chair in the college of biblical studies in honor of McMillon’s years of service to the university. The endowment funds a full-time salary and provides release time and a working fund for research and scholarship. "Lynn is most deserving of this additional honor for his many years of distinguished service to the university and its students,” said Mike O’Neal, president of Oklahoma Christian. "We are pleased that not only is the chair named in his and Joy’s honor, but that he will be its first recipient.” Alan Martin, who succeeded McMillon as dean of the college of biblical studies in May, Vice President for Academic Affairs Allison Garrett and the faculty from biblical studies recommended McMillion as the first recipient. "Lynn is one of the real treasures of Oklahoma Christian and has made a positive impact on thousands of students,” said Garrett. "He is very deserving of this honor.” According to Martin, McMillon was very humble when asked to be the first recipient of the new chair. "We were all convinced that Lynn was the most deserving choice as the initial recipient,” said Martin. "Of course he was a little hesitant accepting something named in his honor, but he is worthy of it.” McMillon will use his time in the new position to do academic research. "Oklahoma Christian has been greatly blessed by the generosity that established an endowed teaching and research chair in the college of biblical studies,” said McMillon. "I am honored to be the first appointee to this position, which will allow me to continue research into the 18th and 19th century Scottish roots of the restoration ideal—an effort to return to the authority of the Bible. "My study will involve Scottish documents recently available at the University of Dundee. I hope to produce articles showing how the restoration concept influenced religion in America during the 19th and 20th centuries.” This is the latest of a long list of accomplishments in McMillon’s career of four and a half decades. Under McMillon’s leadership, the endowment for the college of biblical studies and its students has now grown to more than $2.6 million. Additionally, the college added nine faculty members, a master of divinity degree to the graduate program and more than 11,000 Bible-related volumes to the library. McMillon revised the curriculum twice, increased scholarship offerings, increased the number of Bible majors, developed an experienced corps of adjunct professors, oversaw the refurbishment of the Williams-Branch center for biblical studies and promoted service to the churches of Christ worldwide. A 1963 OC alumnus, McMillon also serves as CEO and editor of The Christian Chronicle, with a circulation of nearly a quarter of a million. Under his leadership, the Chronicle has become financially stable. McMillon holds a Ph.D. in religion from Baylor University. He has completed 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.

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