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Ogden City Council honors President Millner

Photo By: Tyler Brown
President F. Ann Millner shakes hands with council member Susie Van Hooser after receiving her plaque from the Ogden City Council. The city council declared Nov. 13, 2012 to be F. Ann Millner Day in Ogden City.

The Ogden City Council and Mayor’s Office passed a proclamation on Tuesday night to declare Nov. 13, 2012 F. Ann Millner Day in Ogden.

Vice Chair Bart Blair read the proclamation to propose the vote. The proclamation included a summary of Millner’s academic degrees, positions in higher education at Weber State University and other universities, and some of her accomplishments as the president of WSU.

“Dr. Millner has made a lasting impact and established a course for the university to become an even greater asset to our community,” Blair read.

Millner’s accomplishments include the growth in WSU enrollment from 18,000 students in 2002 to more than 26,000 students in 2012.

“She also has established a reputation of excellence for university programs and has helped facilitate economic development efforts in our community,” Blair read.

The proclamation praised Millner for leading the WSU faculty and staff to complete a 10-year re-accreditation effort and enhance educational excellence by focusing on teaching and learning, student engagement, service learning and undergraduate research, and for completing a successful $90 million campaign.

“In the past 30 years, Dr. Millner has always displayed humility, integrity, valor and dedication,” Blair read. “Her remarkable leadership has allowed numerous students, faculty and staff to experience quality educational opportunities right here in the community.”

When Blair finished reading, he motioned to call the proclamation to a vote, and council member Richard Hyer seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous. The city council then presented Millner with a plaque, and the audience applauded in a standing ovation.

Mayor Mike Caldwell then presented Millner with a key to the city.

“We really appreciate everything you’ve done in this community,” said Caldwell as he gave her the key. “You’re a very important part of everything we do.”

Millner then addressed the council, mayor and audience.

“It’s been a pleasure to forge new partnerships, and now this is a better place for all of us to live, work, play and learn,” she said.

She said she believes in Ogden City and how WSU is an important part of it.

“Weber State University, I think, is an incredible gem, and I’ve loved working together in partnership,” she said. “I know we can accomplish great things and make this a wonderful place for all of us. Thank you for extending your arms and hands in friendship to reach out to me.”

Millner said since she will continue to teach at WSU and will stay involved with the community and university.

“Anything I can do to help in the future, I’ll be glad to do that,” she said.

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