Huntington, Ind.—At the fall Board of Trustees meeting, Huntington University honored three members of the board as emeriti.
Don Duff and C. Ray Miller were recognized as chairmen emeriti while Dave McGinnis was named trustee emeriti.
Don Duff joined the Board of Trustees in 1971. In 1975, he became the first layman elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees. During his six years as chair, the trustees adopted a campus master plan and an internal committee structure. Throughout most of his 36 years of service as a trustee, he was a member of the Executive Committee, having chaired the Finance and Advancement Committees as well as the Committee on Trustees. An active churchman, Duff was a long-term member of the United Brethren Education Commission. He had a successful career as an executive with Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. In 1990, he was named the Lay Person of the Year by the National Association of Evangelicals.
Dave McGinnis is president of McGinnis & Associates, a dealer in fine wood veneers in Comstock Park, Mich. McGinnis has served 16 years on the Board of Trustees, including five years as chair of the Advancement Committee and six years as vice-chair of the board. He volunteered to serve as chair of the Campaign for Huntington College and is currently serving as co-chair of our next capital campaign.
C. Ray Miller began classes at Huntington College in the school’s 50th year, and he has devoted the past half-century to his alma mater and to the United Brethren Church. Miller completed his AB degree from Huntington College in 1951, earned his Master of Divinity from the seminary in 1955, and completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1974. He faithfully served the Church of the United Brethren in Christ for two decades as a pastor, and for an additional two decades as a bishop. From 1961 to 1993, he was a member of the denomination's Board of Missions, serving as president for most of those years. He has been a college trustee since 1977, including service as board chairman from 1993 to 1996. He received the Centennial Medallion in 1996. Miller is also the namesake of Miller Hall, one of the newest student residences at Huntington University.
In addition to being recognized with emeritus status, each of these was presented a Legion of Honor medallion by President G. Blair Dowden.
The Legion of Honor was created to honor persons who have made a significant contribution to society, particularly in the field of Christian higher education. The university president bestows the Legion of Honor award upon worthy individuals to give public recognition for meritorious achievement, exemplary service, and the embodiment of the ideals of Huntington University.
“Their service to Huntington University, both individually and combined, is exemplary,” Dowden said. “It is my honor and privilege to present to each of them the Legion of Honor Medallion, the first such awards made by Huntington University. May future recipients strive to live up to the example set by these outstanding recipients.”
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