Milholland recognized for leadership

Posted October 14, 2013

Dr. Tom Milholland has received the Distinguished Leadership award from 
Texas Tech University in recognition of his contributions to the the field 
of marriage and family therapy. At ACU, Milholland plays several roles: 
adjunct professor of marriage and family therapy, assistant provost of 
institutional effectiveness and director of institutional research 

Milholland says he encourages his students to strive for foundational 
discipline beyond the walls of the classroom. To that end, he uses examples 
from his personal experience to simultaneously educate and inspire.

“I believe students like to hear real stories about real people – stories 
about times when things worked and also when they didn’t," explains 
Milholland. "I like to be informative and, at times, entertaining.”

While working for a church in Lubbock in the 1970s, Milholland was 
encouraged to broaden his education through the study of service and 
outreach at Texas Tech. He already had his bachelor’s degree in Bible from 
Oklahoma Christian University (’66) and his master’s degree in counseling 
from East Texas State University (’72).

After receiving his doctorate in family studies with an emphasis in 
cognitive behavioral couple and family therapy, Milholland joined ACU's 
faculty in 1979. 

Milholland has served as director of the Marriage and Family Institute 
(1979-95), chair of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy 
(1989-95), and associate dean of the College of Biblical Studies (1996-98). 
He also has been the director of counseling for Christian Homes of Abilene 
and chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family 

In addition to his work at ACU, Milholland serves as a site visitor and 
chair for the Commission for Marriage and Family Education, and site 
visitor and chair for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 
Commission on Colleges.

Milholland remains passionate about passing on his expertise to the next 

“All I really want to do with my teaching is inspire students to be better 
than they ever thought they could be,” Milholland says. “When my students 
succeed, that is the reward.”

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