Milholland recognized for leadershipPosted 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 assessment.
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 Therapists.
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 generation.
“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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