Albright names McMillan president emeritus, renames campus center

READING, Pa. - Albright College's president may be retiring later this month, but his impact will be felt on the campus in Reading for many years to come.

The school announced Tuesday that it will grant emeritus status to Lex O. McMillan upon his retirement as Albright's 14th president on May 31. It will also rename its campus center as the Lex O. McMillan III Student Center.

The two honors reflect McMillan's unwavering commitment to Albright and its students' educational and co-curricular experience, which has included new academic and athletic programs and capital improvements, officials said.

"Every decision that Lex made on behalf of the college was done in the service of students. Every single one," said Jeff Joyce, the chairman of Albright's board of trustees. "And so we wondered: How best to pay homage to this singular leader who put students before all else?"

McMillan is only the third Albright president to be elected president emeritus. He joins Harry V. Masters, who served from 1937 until 1965, and J. Warren Klein, who served from 1932 to 1938.

"Dottie and I are deeply moved and grateful for these thoughtful actions and all the many kind words that we have received from so many," said McMillan. "Serving Albright College has been a great honor and privilege. We will always carry this place and its people in our hearts."

McMillan has served as Albright's president since 2005. He has said he plans to enjoy his retirement by traveling and spending time with family.

Albright also announced that its fundraising campaign -- "That Their Light May Shine: The Campaign for Albright College" -- has reached $58.6 million, thanks to an anonymous donation of $1.5 million. The campaign, which will continue through the end of May, surpassed its $55 million goal in January.

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