I received a text from my daughter, Amanda, last Thursday, (2/13) telling me that Rich Milliken had announced his resignation as President of Nebraska Christian College. Immediately after that I received an email from President Milliken stating the same. As a proud graduate and student-father this news had an impact. Instantly I thought about the high level of leadership and fierce intensity of prayer that President Milliken has shown over these past 15 years. Our prayers and encouragement to Rich, his family and NC in their time of transition. Here is his announcement.
It is with a solemn heart that I announce I will be resigning the duties as President of Nebraska Christian College effective May 31, 2014. This decision came through much prayer and heartache because NC and each of you are dear to me.
I would like to say two important things:
First, I have wrestled with this for a long time. Since the summer of 2012, I have been prayerfully asking if it is God’s desire to use me to lead the next season in the life of Nebraska Christian College. I have worked diligently with my team to reconnect to the vision of my father Harold and Nebraska Christian’s founder Guy B. Dunning that this be a place that creates church leaders. We have been successful in refocusing and reinvesting all of our energy and resources into preparing called, gifted, and passionate students for lifelong church leadership, and we are beginning to see the fruit of these changes.
Church leaders have responded positively to our stronger, clearer voice. Freshmen enrollment was up 37% in 2014. A higher percentage of students are staying and completing their training. Giving to the college is up 20% YTD. I have also received numerous notes, comments, and emails from alumni who are saying, “Thank you for making me proud to be from NC!” Even this morning, VP Scott Beckenhauer was talking about a reinvigorated spirit on campus! God has been blessing our efforts and answering the prayers of many.
I have loved being part of the life and growth of the mission over the past 15 years. I was thrilled to lead the charge on the move to Omaha, the construction of this college, and the renewed clarification of our mission of creating church leaders. We are moving in the right direction. It has been a tremendous amount of work by many, and we are poised to go forward into a bright future. Our city, region, and the nation all need this to be great, and it is going to be. I believe it.
Secondly, I have chosen to make this announcement now because your relationships matter so much to me. Making the announcement now allows me to express my appreciation to the staff and students, and for us to recall God’s faithfulness over the past fifteen years. I want the chance to remind all of you one more time of our college’s founding, purpose, and bright future. Might it be difficult and sad to say goodbye? Sure. But I will take the challenge of rightly honoring relationships every time over any other path.
The Board will announce specifics of the transition plan in early March. We will be working closely with Wayne Moorhead, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and his executive team in this transition. He wants each of you to know that he is available to you and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or his home phone 402.224.4945 (leave a message if no answer). For the next several months, I will be spending much of my time meeting with friends and alumni of the college casting our vision for the future of this great place.
I look forward to telling you this in person, but in the meantime, thank you all for the opportunity to have led and served alongside you in this compelling mission. I love you all and am humbled by your friendship.
Unconditional. Galatians 2:20
Rich Milliken, Col. 1:28, 29