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


This article has 5 comments

  1. Congratulations Bill – this recognition is certainly well deserved. Having known two of your children (Doug & Merry) through high school, I know it would be appropriate to add to the list of resolutions that you are an exemplary father and role model of family values. Best wishes to you and yours!

  2. Helena Tuleya-Payne

    Bill- It was with great pleasure that I read of this terrific recognition. You have always been involved in service at the highest level, whether it is for our country or Millersville University. Your continued advocacy for excellent preparation of our teacher candidates, particularly in the areas of science education, is greatly appreciated. Congratulations!htp

  3. Well deserved Bill, you are an American Hero and thank you from every fiber of our being for your service to our Country! cheers, jw

  4. Dr. Bernice R. Rydell

    Congratulations, Bill! This honor is well-deserved.
    It was a pleasure serving the university with you as a trustee and colleague. Your interest and dedication to our students has always been of the highest caliber and has helped to make the university what it is today. My best wishes go out to you as you receive this honor.

  5. Rosemary Fisher

    Dr. McIlwaine, I was so pleased that you received this award. After reading the resolution I learned so much of your life’s achievements that I was not aware of. It was a honor to have been your friend while serving in the President’s office and working with the Board of Trustees and then later serving as the secretary for the Educational Foundations. God bless you, especially for your military service.

    Rosemary Fisher

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