Provost to step down July 1 on heels of positive accreditation visit

March 13, 2012 | News, UToday
By Tobin J. Klinger



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With the University still enjoying the glow of a successful recent accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Dr. William McMillen, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, has announced that he will step down from his administrative position July 1.

“The contributions of Bill McMillen have impacted us all,” wrote President Lloyd Jacobs in a message to the UT community. “His leadership through the merger of The Medical University of Ohio and The University of Toledo solidified his legacy with this institution that he has served diligently since 1982.

“However, his list of accomplishments does not end there,” Jacobs added. “He was instrumental in the creation of the colleges of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Visual and Performing Arts; and the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service. And most recently, Bill’s leadership helped to shepherd your University of Toledo through its critical HLC accreditation.”

“My wife, Barbara, and I have greatly enjoyed our association with The University of Toledo,” McMillen said. “I want to thank President Jacobs for the opportunity to serve in a number of administrative roles, culminating for the last two years as provost.”

According to Jacobs, a transition plan will be designed in the coming weeks to “build upon the momentum generated during Dr. McMillen’s tenure as provost.”

“While we will certainly continue moving forward,” Jacobs wrote, “we will do so with the knowledge that no one will be able to replace this man who has given so much of himself to this university and is an exemplar of honor and dignity.”