Ken McMillan, Monmouth College’s Pattee Professor in Political Economy and Commerce, was presented with an Award of Merit by the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Alumni Association during the 41st ACES and Paul A. Funk Recognition Award Banquet in Champaign last month. The award is given annually to College of ACES graduates who have made significant contributions to their chosen profession and to the human sciences and food and natural resources industries.
In 1967, McMillan graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agricultural science. After completing his master’s degree in agricultural economics there in 1969, he went to work for the Illinois Farm Bureau as assistant to the president and assistant director of legislation. He then worked as the personal assistant to Congressman Leslie C. Arends. This was followed by a position as chief speechwriter for the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
McMillan was the founding president and has been a board member of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation for the past 25 years. He is a member of several other boards and advisory committees.
At Monmouth, McMillan teaches courses in economic theory, international trade and comparative economic systems. He has served on numerous college committees and has been voted the college's outstanding teacher four times.
The mission of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association at the University of Illinois is to inspire meaningful engagement and advocacy among the ACES family to advance the College of ACES.