Resolution Honoring Dr. William B. McIlwaine
On July 7, Millersville’s Council of Trustees (COT) member, Dr. William B. McIlwaine was honored by the Board of Governors (BOG) for his outstanding academic and military service. The resolution in his honor is reprinted below.
WHEREAS, Dr. William B. McIlwaine has had a long and distinguished association with Millersville University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, as both a faculty member and a university trustee; and
WHEREAS, as a professor at Millersville, Dr. McIlwaine served as the first chair of the Department of Earth and Space Science, as chair of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and as the university’s first director of grants and awards; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McIlwaine has served as a member of the Millersville University Council of Trustees since 1995 and as the longtime treasurer of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT); and
WHEREAS, prior to his attending Boston University, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, Dr. McIlwaine served in the United States Army; and
WHEREAS, as a member of the Army’s 80th Infantry Division, Dr. McIlwaine fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, where he and his fellow troops contained an important crossroads during the six-week confrontation that was the largest and bloodiest land battle of the war; and
WHEREAS, later in the war, he participated in the liberation of Ebensee, a forced labor camp run by the Nazis in Austria; and
WHEREAS, for his service in the military, Dr. McIlwaine earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge and four Theatre of Operation Stars;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education recognizes the many career accomplishments of Dr. William B. McIlwaine throughout his lifetime and honors and thanks him for his outstanding courage and commitment to defending freedom as a soldier in the U.S. Army nearly 70 years ago.
Unanimously adopted by the Board __________________________
July 7, 2014 Guido M. Pichini, Chairman