OUR VIEW: Millner has served well

Mar 14 2012 - 7:51pm

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Weber State University President F. Ann Millner
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Weber State University President F. Ann Millner
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As she prepares to end her nearly 10-year tenure as Weber State University's president, we express our appreciation for the many contributions F. Ann Millner has provided the university and the Top of Utah community.

For 30 years, Millner has shared her talents, educational expertise and leadership skills with Weber State University. She has been president of WSU since Oct. 1, 2002, when she succeeded Paul Thompson. While she has led WSU, enrollment has increased by almost 40 percent, to well above 25,000 students. Also, the university had added seven master's degree programs as well as more internships for students.

Also during Millner's tenure as president, WSU built Elizabeth Hall, the Hurst Center and two buildings of the Wildcat Village residence hall. Buildings that were renovated the past nine-plus years include Shepherd Union, Stewart Library, the Swenson Building and Lampros Hall. Both WSU online and WSU's Davis enrollments have seen significant increases since 2002.

Millner, 59, has been with WSU for 30 years and has no intention of retiring. She will teach in the university's Dr. Ezekial R. Dumke College of Health Professions. She put it best when she said, "I'll still be around. I enjoy students." Millner, who earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Tennessee, followed that with a master's degree in allied health education and management from Southwest Texas State University and finally a doctoral degree in educational administration from Brigham Young University.

As mentioned, Millner started at WSU in 1982. Three years later, she was associate dean of Continuing Education. In 1990, she was named assistant vice president for community partnerships and three years later became vice president for University Relations. In 1998, she headed the university's "Changing Minds Together" capital campaign, which raised $96 million. Four years later she was named to lead the university. We're glad that she will remain with the community, teaching students and sharing her considerable talents and skills.

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