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Northwest Nazarene University honors retiring faculty members

Distinguished Northwest Nazarene University faculty members Mamie Oliver and Larry McMillin retired this semester.

Oliver began her career with NNU as an adjunct professor in the early 1970s. She started teaching full time in 2000, bringing more than 40 years of professional experience in social work to the classroom.

Oliver is active in several organizations. She is pastor of the Mountain View Community Fellowship in Boise, executive director of the Community Ministries center, commissioner of the Idaho Commission on Aging, a member of the Boise chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and chairwoman of the Committee on Women’s Affairs in Richmond, Va.

McMillin joined the NNU faculty in 1987 after a career in elementary school teaching and school administration. He was a leader in the school’s transition from a liberal arts college serving undergraduate students to a university with master’s and doctoral programs. He helped develop NNU’s continuing studies program, which allowed teachers throughout Idaho to take graduate-level courses and was later expanded to serve the entire Northwest.

McMillin earned his bachelor’s degree from NNU, his Master of Arts from Oregon State University and his doctorate in education from University of Northern Colorado. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of Education during NNU’s commencement exercises May 5.

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