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ACU announces new dean for College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr. Rachael Milligan

Dr. Rachael Milligan has been named the new dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Abilene Christian University. 

Milligan joins ACU from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she has served in various leadership roles, including assistant dean for innovative programs and partnerships in the College of Education and executive director of the Ayers Institute for Learning and Innovation.

“I am so excited to join the amazing team in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences,” she said. “Through the meaningful connection of so many rich disciplines, we have the unparalleled opportunity to foster transformative learning experiences in which students are challenged and inspired as creators, and are well-equipped to be remarkable leaders.”

Milligan holds an Ed.D. from Lipscomb University, an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, and a B.A. from Harding University. In her previous roles at Lipscomb, she collaborated with university leadership to carry out the College of Education’s strategic plan, led the envisioning and implementation of new and innovative programs, and served on various academic councils and committees. She also taught courses in instructional practice, educational leadership and instructional coaching programs.

Her knowledge and expertise in strategic change, educational leadership, instructional coaching and curriculum development will be valuable assets in her work at ACU, said Dr. Susan Lewis, ACU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“Dr. Milligan will be a strong leader to guide the continued growth of CAHSS and to create a strategic path forward for the college,” Lewis said. “I’m looking forward to the expertise, passion and new perspectives she will bring to our academic team.” 

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