Millikin University

Millikin University is a private university in Decatur, Illinois. It was founded in 1901 by prominent Decatur businessman James Millikin and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Millikin University
MottoIn His Plenitudo Vis
TypePrivate coeducational
Endowment$115.2 million (2016)[1]
PresidentPatrick E. White
Administrative staff
1,393, full and part-time
Location, ,
United States

39°50′33″N 88°58′30″W
CampusCity, 75 acres
ColorsBlue & White
NicknameBig Blue
Sporting affiliations



The Decaturian, also known as the Dec (official nickname), is the bi-weekly student newspaper. The Decaturian was established in 1903 and its issues are archived online from 1903–1951, made possible by the Digital-Decaturian Project.[2]

WJMU 89.5 The Quad

WJMU is Millikin University's student-operated freeform format radio station. In addition to its musical responsibilities, WJMU also creates its own public service announcements, liners, news, Millikin sports programming and promotional materials.

Fraternities and sororities



Since their first year of athletics in the 1903–04 academic year and prior to joining the NCAA Division III and the CCIW in the 1946–47 season, Millikin primarily competed as an Independent of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Millikin University teams have since participated in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Big Blue are a member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, wrestling, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, triathlon, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Notable alumni

Actors and musicians


Athletes and coaches

Millikin University was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1910 to 1937.

Authors and media figures

Business figures


See also


  1. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Market Value of Endow" (PDF). NACUBO. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  2. Digital-Decaturian Project
  3. Tad Hilgenbrink Bio
  4. Ryman Arts. "Herbert D. Ryan biography". Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  5. New York Times April 12, 1975, pp.31
  6. "Mike Rowland Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  7. "Caterpillar Officers".
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