Millikin University

Millikin University
Millikin University
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Motto In His Plenitudo Vis
Established 1901
Type Private coeducational
President Harold Jeffcoat
Admin. 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 student/faculty ratio of 11.6 to 1 and an average class size of 21 students. Founded in 1901 by a 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

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



Notable alumni

Actors and musicians

Athletes and coaches

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

Authors and media figures

  • Alice Ambrose (1906–2001) — American philosopher, logician, and author
  • Steven R. Hurst — Associated Press Iraq bureau chief[6]
  • 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


  • Thomas W. Ewing — former United States Congressman (R-Illinois)
  • John MacWherter - former mayor of Springfield, Illinois from 1951-55.
  • James Benton Parsons - former Federal judge; the first African-American US District Judge with life tenure


  • 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.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Official Website of Sierra Boggess
  2. ^ New York Times December 29, 1953 pp18
  3. ^ Tad Hilgenbrink Bio
  4. ^ New York Times April 12, 1975, pp.31
  5. ^ "Mike Rowland Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Steven R. Hurst appointed Associated Press bureau chief in Iraq". The Associated Press. 2006-09-28. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Caterpillar Officers>". 
  8. ^ James Millikin University Alumni Bulletin Vol. XLIX No.2 February 1952 pp.1

External links

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