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Governor's adviser to join APSU; Kim McMillan named executive director of community, business relations

The senior adviser to Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has accepted an appointment to a new administrative post at Austin Peay State University.

On Nov. 12, 2007, Kim McMillan, Clarksville, will assume the duties of executive director of community and business relations, reporting directly to APSU President Timothy Hall.
The senior adviser to Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has accepted an appointment to a new administrative post at Austin Peay State University.

On Nov. 12, 2007, Kim McMillan, Clarksville, will assume the duties of executive director of community and business relations, reporting directly to APSU President Timothy Hall.

“I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with Austin Peay,” McMillan said. “This is a natural extension of my advocacy for the University, which began when I first was elected to the legislature. It also will allow me to be closer to my family in Clarksville.”

In her new position, McMillan will lead Austin Peay's external relations throughout the region and among the statewide higher education community and work with major employers to create stronger partnerships between the University and the business community. The position also offers the opportunity to work directly with APSU's student body in a teaching capacity.

Hall said, “Kim McMillan is a highly respected leader who is uniquely prepared to represent Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and across Tennessee.

“I look forward to working with her to advance the mission of this University across the state and region. She has a solid, successful record that points up her skills in negotiating issues and developing partnerships that will benefit both the University and larger community.”

In January 2007, after 12 years as a leader in the Tennessee legislature, McMillan agreed to serve as senior adviser to Bredesen during his second term in office.

After graduating as valedictorian from South-Young High School, Knoxville, McMillan received her bachelor's and law degrees, both with honors, from the University of Tennessee. While in law school, she served as executive editor of the Tennessee Law Review.

She moved with her husband, Larry, to his hometown of Clarksville in 1992. After the two established a law practice, she decided to seek public office. First elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1994, she was re-elected five times.

In 2002 and again in 2004, she was elected by her colleagues to the position of House majority leaderbecoming the first female in Tennessee history to serve in that role.

She was vice chair and secretary of the House Judiciary Committee from 1996-2002 and assistant majority whip during 1994-96. During her tenure, she served on many committees, including the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Education Committee.

On top of her rigorous schedule with the state legislature, McMillan has continued the private practice of law with McMillan & McMillan, Clarksville, and the Nashville law firm of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry PLC.

Besides being a founding board member of Leadership Middle Tennessee,
McMillan's current affiliations include the Montgomery County, Nashville and Tennessee bar associations, Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women and Clarksville Civitan Club. She was an organizer and board member of the Cumberland Bank & Trust, Clarksville, a member of the Tennessee Women's Forum and International Women's Forum and a board member of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Throughout her 12 years of service with the Tennessee legislature, she was named “Legislator of the Year” by several organizations, including the Tennessee Development District Association, Junior League of Tennessee, Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, County Officials Association of Tennessee, Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence and Tennessee School Boards Association. A graduate of both Leadership Clarksville and Leadership Tennessee, McMillan also received the prestigious Athena Award in 2002 for outstanding contribution to women's issues.

McMillan and her husband have two children, Katie and Ryan. -- Dennie B. Burke