Services set for former Rust College president


From news services
Funeral services for the former Rust College President Dr. William Asbury McMillan are scheduled for 11 a.m. March 21 in the Morehouse Auditorium of the Doxey Center on the college campus in Holly Springs.

McMillan, 89, who expanded the school's campus and academic offerings during more than a quarter-century as its leader, died Saturday in a car wreck just north of the college.

About 4:30 p.m. Saturday, McMillan was driving his Buick Century north on Mississippi 7 when he crashed into a vehicle at Eddie Lee Smith Drive, Marshall County Coroner James Anderson said.

Anderson said McMillan failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection.

McMillan was transported to Alliance Medical Hospital. He died there about 5:30 p.m. from head trauma and internal injuries, Anderson said.

Rust is a private, historically black college with an enrollment of about 1,000. McMillan served as president from 1967 to 1993. During his tenure at the United Methodist college, McMillan was able to expand the physical campus as well as improve the school's academic standards, alumni said.

Among achievements during McMillan's administration were a $5.5 million capital campaign during the 1980s and the construction of several dormitories, the Leontyne Price Library, a technology and business complex and Earvin "Magic" Johnson Stadium.

The family will accept flowers or donations to the McMillan Endowed Scholarship Fund at Rust College. Send flowers to J. F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home, 125 N. Memphis Street, Holly Springs, MS  38635; 662-252-2341.

Send donations to the McMillan Endowed Scholarship Fund to Rust College Development Office, 150 Rust Avenue, Holly Springs, MS  38635; 662-252-8000, ext. 4014.