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Honoring President Emeritus McMillan

During retirement celebrations in May, board of trustees chairman Jeff Joyce ’83 announced that the board voted to grant President Lex McMillan emeritus status effective upon his retirement on May 31, and to rename the Campus Center as the Lex O. McMillan III Student Center.

McMillan retired as Albright’s 14th president after 12 years at the helm. Both the emeritus honor and the naming honor reflect his unwavering commitment to the College and its students’ educational and co-curricular experience, which has included the implementation of new academic and athletic programs, capital improvements, and a focus on diversity and access.

“Every decision that Lex made on behalf of the College was done in the service of students. Every single one,” said Joyce at a May 12 celebration, noting some of the quieter gestures, such as McMillan and his wife, Dottie, attending theatrical productions, cheering on the Lions at athletic events, and welcoming students into their home for dinner.

“And so we wondered: How best to pay homage to this singular leader who put students before all else?” said Joyce. Renaming the Campus Center is a fitting tribute. The center is the focal point of student life, housing the Dining Hall, coffee shop, café, bookstore and gathering spaces.

“Dottie and I are deeply moved and grateful for these thoughtful actions and all the many kind words that we have received from so many,” said McMillan. “Serving Albright College has been a great honor and privilege. We will always carry this place and its people in our hearts.”