Lex O. McMillan III has served as the 14th president of Albright College since May, 2005. Under his leadership, the College has enjoyed numerous academic achievements and recognitions, facilities upgrades and fundraising successes.
Among other accomplishments, Dr. McMillan led Crossing Boundaries: The Campaign for Albright, which exceeded its $35 million goal to raise $43 million. During his tenure, the College has built and opened two state-of-the-art facilities, the Science Center and the Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being. Albright also opened the doors to the technologically advanced, 30,000-square-foot John K. Roessner III ’61 Hall: The Center for Business and Civic Leadership, and is preparing for a dramatic renovation, re-imagining and expansion of Gingrich Library.
Dr. McMillan’s presidency has seen the launch of numerous new academic programs, the expansion of Albright’s pioneering Accelerated Degree Programs to additional sites in Pennsylvania as well as Mesa, Ariz., and the College’s designation as a top 25 school for artistic students by Newsweek.
Dr. McMillan came to Albright with more than 25 years of experience in higher education and institutional advancement, administration, strategic communications and fundraising. From 1993 through 2004 he was vice president for college relations at Gettysburg College, where he was responsible for the management and direction of the College’s external affairs, alumni and parent relations, and resource development programs. He previously served as executive director of development at his undergraduate alma mater, Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Va., and was director of development and director of public relations at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Va. He is also a former English teacher and editor.
Dr. McMillan holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame. He holds a master of arts in English from Georgia State University and a bachelor of arts from Washington and Lee. He also completed the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
A civic leader as well as an academic one, Dr. McMillan serves on the board of directors of the Council of Independent Colleges and the advisory board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Wye Seminars. He is a member of the Presidents’ Trust for Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) and chairs the Higher Education Consortium of Berks County and the Middle Atlantic Conference. He also is a former member of the boards of the United Way of Berks County and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.
Born in Pauls Valley, Okla., Dr. McMillan grew up in Decatur, Ga., where he met and married Dorothy Argoe McMillan, a former Head Start teacher who later worked in the children’s room of the local public library. They have five children.