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2009-09 Library Athenaeum: McMillan to kick off program's 2nd year

The former Tennessee House of Representatives majority leader and now an executive official at Austin Peay State University, Kim McMillan will kick off the 2008-09 Library Athenaeum program.

The series will begin at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Woodward Library.

McMillan, who most recently was senior adviser to Gov. Phil Bredesen before coming to APSU, will present The Role of Women in Leadership in American Politics. Students are encouraged to attend; the event is free and open to the public.
The former Tennessee House of Representatives majority leader and now an executive official at Austin Peay State University, Kim McMillan will kick off the 2008-09 Library Athenaeum program.

The series will begin at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Woodward Library.

McMillan, who most recently was senior adviser to Gov. Phil Bredesen before coming to APSU, will present “The Role of Women in Leadership in American Politics.” Students are encouraged to attend; the event is free and open to the public.

Since November 2007, McMillan has served as executive director of community and business relations, reporting directly to APSU President Timothy Hall. She leads Austin Peay's external relations throughout the region and among the statewide higher education community and works 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.

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.

Before joining the governor's office, McMillan had been in private practice with the law firm of 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.

The Library Athenaeum series, launched in 2007, has three purposes:
• To conduct events that promote and enhance the intellectual life of the University and the region.
• To reach out to students and make connections with them in places other than the classroom.
• To portray the library as a place to share, explore, discuss and think about ideas and events.

The Library Athenaeum will consist of speeches or presentations, panel discussions, debates, readings and performances. Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit proposals for future presentations. Proposal forms and additional information can be found on the Library Athenaeum Web site at http://library.apsu.edu/events/athenaeum.htm.

For more information about the Library Athenaeum series, contact Joe Weber, director of library services at APSU, by telephone at 221-7613 or by e-mail at weberj@apsu.edu. -- Melony A. Jones