In Memoriam: Joseph T. McMillan Jr., 1944-2017

Joseph T. McMillan, the former president of what is now Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, died last month at a hospice facility in Austin. He was 73 years old.

Dr. McMillan, the son of a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was a native of Valdosta, Georgia, and graduated from high school in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in psychology. He held a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Howard University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City.

Before becoming the fourth president of Huston-Tillotson in 1988, Dr. McMillan served for 18 years as director of the United Church of Christ’s ministry in higher education. He served for 12 years as president of the historically Black college before retiring in 2000.


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  1. Katharine Gardner Williams-Hunter says:

    I remember Dr. McMillan fondly as a member of the small, select Huston-Tillotson’s Past President’s Club. We thank him for his service to HT and its students during his tenure at our Alma Mater. I am a proud alumna of HT, having graduated in the Class of 1968. May God Bless Dr. McMillan’s family and friends as they mourn his transition, and celebrate his life.

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