Millikin University

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Millikin University
Millikin University.jpg
Motto In His Plenitudo Vis
Established 1901
Type Private coeducational
President Patrick E. White
Administrative staff
1,393, full and part-time
Undergraduates 2,400
Location Decatur, Illinois, USA
Campus City, 75 acres
Sports mascot Big Blue
Colors Blue & White

Millikin University is an American co-educational, comprehensive, private, four-year university with traditional undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, fine arts, and professional studies, as well as non-traditional, adult degree-completion programs (PACE) and graduate programs in business administration and nursing. Millikin's campus is in Decatur, Illinois and serves approximately 2,400 students with a student/faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and an average class size of 23 students. The school was founded in 1901 by prominent Decatur businessman James Millikin.



The Decaturian, also known as the Dec (official nickname), is the bi-weekly student newspaper. The Decaturian was established in 1903 and its issues are archived online from 1903–1951, made possible by the Digital-Decaturian Project.

WJMU 89.5 The Quad[edit]

WJMU is Millikin University's student-operated freeform format radio station. In addition to its musical responsibilities, WJMU also creates its own public service announcements, liners, news, Millikin sports programming and promotional materials.

Fraternities and sororities[edit]



Millikin University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Big Blue are a member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). Prior joining the NCAA Division III and the CCIW in the 1946–47 season, Millikin primarily competed as an Independent of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) back since their first year of athletics in the 1903–04 academic year. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Notable alumni[edit]

Actors and musicians[edit]


  • Herbert D. Ryman – Disney artists, imagineer, and chief designer of the Cinderella Castle[4]

Athletes and coaches[edit]

Millikin University was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1910 to 1937.

Authors and media figures[edit]

  • Alice Ambrose (1906–2001) – American philosopher, logician, and author
  • William A. Bennington (1914–2010) – Emmy award-winning television director and producer of sports and special events, including Wide World of Sports, college football, the Summer Olympics, the Winter Olympics, the Rose Parade, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Steven R. Hurst – Associated Press Iraq bureau chief[7]
  • George Irish – president of Hearst Newspapers and senior vice president of The Hearst Corporation
  • Lucille Ryman Carroll – Hollywood Talent Executive during early 20th century
  • Sean Michael Thomas – International News Correspondent for Russia Today and children's book author and illustrator

Business figures[edit]



  • Harold V. Lichtenberger – Member of Enrico Fermi's team at Chicago Pile-1 reactor and participant in the first artificial, self-sustaining, nuclear chain reaction there on Dec. 2, 1942; project engineer at Experimental Breeder Reactor I and pulled the switch at 1:50pm on December 20, 1951, when it became the world's first electricity-generating nuclear power plant.[11]
  • John Leighty – Became attracted to chemistry as an undergraduate (class of '31). He earned both his Master's and Ph.D. degrees at Purdue University. Dr. Leighty began a career at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. He was a member of the team that first produced penicillin for the company in the 1940s; he also developed, produced and supervised production of such pharmaceuticals as erythromycin, vancomycin, streptomycin and propoxyphene. He served as Executive Director of Scientific Research, leading 650 Lilly scientists in seven research divisions.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Official Website of Sierra Boggess
  2. ^ New York Times December 29, 1953 p. 18
  3. ^ Tad Hilgenbrink Bio
  4. ^ Ryman Arts. "Herbert D. Ryan biography". Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  5. ^ New York Times April 12, 1975, pp.31
  6. ^ "Mike Rowland Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Steven R. Hurst appointed Associated Press bureau chief in Iraq". The Associated Press. 2006-09-28. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  8. ^ "Caterpillar Officers". 
  9. ^ "Borg Warner". 
  10. ^ "Executive Profile Brian Curtis Taylor". Bloomberg Businessweek. November 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ James Millikin University Alumni Bulletin, Vol. XLIX No.2, February 1952, p. 1
  12. ^ [1]

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