Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced Mrs. Anna Milligan as the recipient of this year’s Award of Merit. Milligan will be formally honored during the Alumni Awards luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 7, at noon in the Calcagno Family Ballroom. All alumni and friends of the college are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under, and may be purchased by contacting the NEO Development Foundation office at 918-540-6115. NEO’s “Peace, Love, and Homecoming” festivities will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Milligan grew up in Miami, and graduated from NEO in 1959 with a Business Education degree. Following NEO, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Tulsa and a Library Science Certification from Oklahoma State University. From 1969 to 2005, Milligan served as the director of college counseling at Holland Hall School, a private Episcopalian school in Tulsa. During her tenure, she also served as a college consultant.
Following her retirement, Milligan joined the NEO Development Foundation in 2009, where she has served as the chair since 2014. As a member of the Foundation, Milligan has served as the chair of the Charles Banks Wilson Committee and was instrumental in the completion of the Charles Banks Wilson Gallery in Kah-Ne Hall. Thanks to her leadership, Foundation assets have nearly double from just over $3 million to more than $6 million, which included the largest gift in the history of the College – a $1.5 million estate gift from Charles Banks Wilson. Through this enormous growth, scholarships have nearly tripled, with annual funding reaching $125,000.
Milligan and her late husband Marshall have two sons and she currently resides in Tulsa. Milligan remains very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa and several community and civic organizations. “It is a privilege to recognize Anna Milligan with the Award of Merit honor,” said Jennifer Walker, executive director of the NEO Development Foundation. “Anna has been a loyal ambassador for NEO and given generously of her time, talents, and resources to her alma mater. For eight years, she has served on the NEO Development Board of Trustees, including serving the past three as chairwoman. She has been very dedicated to raising money for student scholarships and academic programs and her efforts have helped many students realize the dream of a college education.” For more information, contact Jordan Adams at Jordan.firstname.lastname@example.org.