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Inauguration ceremony to cap week of activities

October 24th, 2011 9:47 pm by Madison Mathews

Inauguration ceremony to cap week of activities

MILLIGAN COLLEGE — A week of activities celebrating the appointment of Bill Greer as Milligan College’s 15th president will culminate Friday with the school’s presidential inauguration ceremony.
Greer, a 17-year faculty member and administrator at Milligan, officially took over the school’s presidency from Don Jeanes in July.
Following this morning’s convocation, Michael Miller, director of programs at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, will be the featured speaker at a civic leadership luncheon. About 100 community and business leaders are expected to attend the luncheon, which begins at noon in the Mary Sword Commons on the school’s campus.
On Wednesday, a church leaders luncheon will be held at noon with Ben Cachiaras serving as the program’s speaker. Cachiaras is the former minister of Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City and now serves as minister of Mountain Christian Church in Maryland.
The weekly chapel service Thursday at 11 a.m. will be led by Grandview Christian Church minister Aaron Wymer, followed by a board meeting and an inaugural dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Millennium Centre.
Delegates from about 50 different academic institutions across the country are expected to be in attendance at Friday’s inauguration ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Memorial Chapel.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., will serve as the keynote speaker. U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, is also expected to be in attendance.
The inauguration ceremony is open to the public and overflow seating in the school’s Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts will be available. Visitors are encouraged to be seated by 1:45 p.m.
For those unable to attend, the ceremony also will be broadcast live at
Greer’s inauguration will coincide with Milligan’s Homecoming festivities, which are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday.
Having the inauguration lead into the Homecoming celebration is an exciting time for the school as they prepare for the future of the institution, according to vice president for enrollment management and marketing communications Lee Fierbaugh.
“It’s a natural time when our board members and our alumni will be in town, so it’s just a perfect time, because we have a lot of people from our different constituencies that will be around and to be able to celebrate it with the Homecoming festivities and really recognizing the heritage of the college,” she said.
For a complete schedule of inaugural and Homecoming events, visit

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