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Ed McMillan: My ACES Story
Over the past 150 years, the University of Illinois and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have been at the forefront of education, discovery, and translation. From improving people’s lives to stretching the frontiers of knowledge, ACES graduates are changing our world for the better. In this special Voices of ACES blog series, we are celebrating and embracing our past. Our ACES story is unique, and its characters are doing remarkable work – work that truly matters.
By Ed McMillan, B.S. ’69 Agricultural Science
In 1960, I attended a state 4-H livestock judging contest and rubbed shoulders with the judges—U of I Extension livestock specialists. Later, as a college freshman, I served on the Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging Team. I can’t begin to describe what a great learning experience this was for me. I learned about making choices in various species classes and defending my decisions with reasons—a powerful life skill. My U of I education opened so many doors in my life—to positions in marketing, strategic planning, business development, product research and business segment management, and eventually to becoming president of Purina Mills, Inc. Those career opportunities have allowed me to give back by serving on several boards, including the Board of Trustees for U of I. At Illinois, I learned from worldclass faculty, experienced horizon-expanding activities, and met agribusiness leaders who mentored me throughout my career—a career that I could never have imagined at that first livestock judging contest.
We invite you to tell us your ACES story as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University of Illinois and the College of ACES. Share your story on social media using #ACESstory, or visit 150.illinois.edu.