Dr. Millican did not just sit in his “ivory tower” and oversee what was happening on campus. I was privileged to be on campus for the very first day of classes at FTU and to receive an undergraduate degree from Florida Technological University four years later. Dr. Milican was on campus, too. Meeting students, remembering names of students and helping. He made his vision for a great university known from day one. His vision and his legacy continue. Go Knights!
Dr. and Mrs. Millican were an inspiring and wonderful couple who I had the pleasure of meeting while serving on the President’s Leadership Council. I’m so grateful for Dr. Millican’s leadership and untiring dedication, and glad he will get to spend this holiday with his wife.
Dr. and Mrs. Millican left a lasting impression on everyone who had the pleasure of meeting them. Their warmth, genuine goodness, and love for each other and our university will never be forgotten. May they both rest in peace in each other’s arms once again.
Tonight in the Pegasus Constellation, Charles and Frances Millican sit side-by-side looking down on us and smiling … satisfied that their job is done. They have left us a lot to live up to and left us with great guidance to get the job done.
As a PLC member I had the great fortune to meet Dr. and Mrs. Millican who were both amazing people. I will always remember his encouragement to reach for the stars. May he rest in peace.
Dr. Millican has done the greatest service to the central florida community and his ‘noble services’ will be remembered for ever.
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Millican during the four years I worked for the UCF Foundation. He was a gentle soul, always folding my hand into his hands to greet me with a smile. It gives me great comfort to know Dr. and Mrs. Millican are together again. I look forward to the celebration of his life on Monday.
Dr Millican was a true man of vision and faith and will be missed.
Thank you Dr. Charles Millican, for all that you have done for me. Dr. Millican was one in a Million. I am so thankful to have had the time to work, and listen to his stories. I look forward to attendng UCF in January, I will forever cheerish our time together and be mindful of what you would tell me ” Reach for the Stars”. Thank You
They have compared you to Mr. Disney for your vision and love of people and I must agree. Thank you Dr. & Mrs. Millican for your dedication, energy and warm smiles. You have made a difference in life of many students. I am so happy you and Mrs. Millican are together again for eternity. We will miss you both.
I had the honor of sharing an office with Dr. Millican for a period of time during renovations at the UCF Foundation. We had many wonderful conversations about life and the “journey” that each person travels during their lifetime. He definitely opened my eyes to many things that I had not thought about before. Once, he even called my mother in Alabama to discuss an eye problem that he shared with her. He also invited my son, Ross, a UCF student at the time, to sit with him and share thoughts on music, ministry and education. Ross has never forgotten the words that this brilliant man shared with him. I will truly miss his wise words and his beautiful heart. Thank you, Dr. Millican, for making my “journey” a little brighter!
When I worked at the UCF Foundation, Dr. Millican was always a pleasant sight! Well after retirement, he continued to fundraise for the University. Quietly charasmatic, it seemed easy for him to make and keep friends. He and his wife were two beautiful, unpretentious people. Dr. Millican will truly be missed.
I have 5 children with 9 degrees from UCF. I am grateful to Dr. Millican for his vision and dedication to establish this great college. Charlie and Frances were my dear friends and they were “grampa” and “granma” to my grandchildren. We will all miss them every day.
It’s wonderful that both Dr. Millican and Mrs. Millican were able to live such long, full lives and see his vision of UCF become the reality that it is today – not only a large university but also a great university. He started with some empty land and a dream, and even though he has been followed by some outstanding administrators and faculty members who have shaped today’s UCF, I think his imprint can be seen throughout the campus in many ways. Those of us who worked for him and got to know him as a person can appreciate how UCF got to be what it is today. I was lucky enough to work closely with him on a daily basis for many months when we wrote a history of the university’s early years for the UCF Foundation more than 30 years ago, and I still treasure the experience of listening to him tell the story of his plans for creating one of America’s major universities. What a thrill it must have been for him to see that all come true.
Thank you Dr. Millican. You gave me my diploma while it was still FTU and were always a class act.
I remember when they named Millican Hall. Dr. Millican came into my office and said that he’d been sitting out by the Reflecting Pond and looking at his name now showing on the building. He said he felt so humbled as he sat there. I can’t imagine anyone more deserving. He has left a legacy and countless individuals who were inspired by what he stood for. You will be missed.
All of Florida has lost. Energy, Vision, and the will to make it happen. Thank you for your life of service. Grads of UCF stand on your broad shoulders.
Wow, what a dreamer! Its something we will all strive for in our lifetime. The opportunity to succeed the way he did. My prayers are with the ones closest to him.
UCF has become my second home and this is where I have honed my weaknesses into strengths and become the person I am today. I will forever be grateful to you, Dr. Millican.
What a beautiful journey through life! Now together again with Frances, obviously smiling at each other.
Thank you, Dr. Millican, for your hard work in building this amazing school from the ground up. I will always be grateful for it.
His appearance on a local TV Show in 1968, where he explained his vision for the new university, is what influenced me to attend FTU in 1969. You never knew when you might run across him on campus–and he always had time to stop and talk for a couple of minutes. He was the perfect choice to build the foundation for a great institution. The photo of him with President Nixon brings back great memories of a special graduation day in 1973.
My thoughts on the UCF President, Dr Millican. I am very sad at this loss. When I first started at the university 13 years ago Dr Millican would come every morning to greet every employee with his half cup of coffee shake our hands and say good morning calling us all by name. I will miss him very much. I will miss the talks we shared informing me of his early years at FTU and speaking of his love for Frances, and how UCF was so much a part of both of them. Now he is with his beloved Frances. May they continue to look upon us and UCF.
Dr. Millican was always seen walking around the small FTU campus and he even came to some of the lady’s sporting events…not just the men’s. He handed me my degree, may he rest in peace. He was the first Knight.
My success is partially because of the vision of this great leader. Had he not dreamed of building this world class university, I may have never reached where I am today. I will celebrate my future success with him in mind forever.
During Dr. Millican’s final year as president, I was a charter PLC member. While serving on his council, I had the good fortune of watching him lead with great compassion and energy. He was incredibly kind and had that rare gift of making others feel special when all along we knew he was the special one.
At the 25th reunion of the class of 1972 we talked about those days and of the current growth. We shook hands and gave a little hug. For this Knight he was King.
Charles Millican was a role model to all. His quiet strength and humble character were a tribute to his family as well as the University. Orlando will never be the same.
Dr. Millican was a great helper of my brother when he went to FTU. When I started FTU (within 2 quarters it became UCF), my brother told me to see him. I never did and am sorry I never did. Now, you can’t even get an “audience” with the president. Good-bye, Dr. Millican. My brother and I will miss you very much.
I was fortunate to meet the Millicans through PLC. They were both wonderful people who loved each other and the students of UCF. Dr. Millican’s passion for UCF was truly inspiring to me and I am proud to be a graduate of his greatest legacy.
The Historical Society was honored to recognize Dr. Millican earlier this year with the John Young History Maker’s Award for his remarkable accomplishments. A man who made history in the most positive way. His legacy to the people he touched as well as the institution he built will live on through the ages.
Dr. Millican’s dedication, vision, and leadership has resulted in the second-largest university in the nation- UCF. He is truly a role model and as a student at the university I thank him for all he has done.
Dr. Millican had a deep love for his alma mater, Union University. He often attended our annual alumni gatherings in Orlando at the Country Club of Orlando. I always found him to be not only a very interesting man, but one committed to his wife, his community, and whole-heartedly to education. He was a man of great distinction and accomplishment but always had time for a friendly chat. We will miss him as a wonderful part of the Union University family.
Charlie, UCF has lost someone great. You were not only my mentor and role model, but you were also my friend, bridging the generational gap between us with you wisdom, advice, insight and humor. I was first a UCF student, but later became a staff member and then an adjunct faculty member, and received 4 degrees from UCF. If it wasn’t for your advice and a pep talk over a cup of coffee and a pipe several years ago, none of that would have happened.
Dr. Millican— “Charlie” to us in latter days—was a husband, leader, educator, visionary, encourager, example, designer, teacher and most importantly a godly man and Friend. The wonderful thing about a man of his character and accomplishments is that he will remain these things to us.
He was such a nice man. He did a lot for UCF. May he rest in Peace.
He always took his time with us, the President’s Leadership Council, to share his stories of what UCF was like back when it first started. Our favorite story is definitely the story of how Dr. Millican met Mrs. Millican, a classic story that we never get tired of listening to.
He also took the time out of his long days to take a nephew fishing or to make sure that I had crickets to go fishing off the dock out back.
Charlie dreamed, but he also worked—worked very hard—and he molded his dreams into reality. We follow in the footsteps of a humble man of strong faith, a private man who has created a lasting legacy, and a public servant whose wisdom and counsel continue to benefit us all.
Dr. Millican never really retired, he may have had a reduced schedule, but he has always continued to help us with fundraising and investment insights as an active member of the Foundation Investment Committee. He was never without a penetrating question for the investment consultant. His legacy is amazing.
He handed me my degree and then he became not only a role model but a father to me.