After 14 years of service, Donald R. Jeanes has announced he will retire as the 14th president of Milligan College on July 15, 2011. The board of trustees has asked him to serve in the role of chancellor following his retirement. In this role, Jeanes will continue to work with the college’s leadership to maintain important external relationships. He will also play a vital role in the successful completion of the college’s Forward Ever campaign.
Jeanes began his presidency in 1997 and under his leadership the college has achieved record enrollments, successful fund-raising campaigns, major renovations of buildings and grounds, construction of three new buildings, the addition of a half-dozen new academic programs, accreditation of professional programs, and reaffirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The 1968 graduate of Milligan College served as director of financial aid and assistant business manager at Milligan while attending Emmanuel School of Religion, where he received his MDiv degree in 1972. He then served on the faculty and administration of Atlanta Christian College and completed doctoral coursework at Emory University.
An ordained minister, Jeanes has served as minister of Spring Branch Christian Church in Houston, TX, and First Christian Church in Johnson City, TN. He has served on numerous boards, including Mountain States Health Alliance, Christian Missionary Fellowship, and Christian Church Foundation for the Handicapped.
Jeanes’s wife, Clarinda Phillips Jeanes, a 1971 Milligan graduate, has served the college in numerous ways, including providing oversight of college landscaping, renovating the Taylor-Phillips Hospitality House, and establishing the Associated Ladies for Milligan to support student scholarships.