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Featured Alumni Profile (February 2014)
Dr. Millicent Faye Nelson is a 1977 graduate of Lane College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. She later obtained a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Management & Finance in 1979 from Atlanta University, and her Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2003 from Oklahoma State University. Presently, she is a tenured Associate Professor of Management at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Prior to her professorship at MTSU, Dr. Nelson served as a Visiting Professor of Management at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. Before that, she was an Administrator at BellSouth Tele- communications for over 17 years.
Over the past few years, Dr. Nelson has received awards and recognitions, including the Outstanding Service Award presented by the Lane College National Alumni Association in 2010, and the Conference Support Award presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at its Tennessee State Conference in 2011.
Dr. Nelson is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; executive committee and life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and Chair of the Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center. She is a regular financial supporter of Lane College and is a faithful and dedicated member of the National Alumni Council who attends all national meetings. She attends the First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee under the leadership Rev. James McCarroll.
About her tenure at Lane College, Dr. Nelson shared the following:
I did not want to attend Lane College when I graduated from Jackson-Central Merry High School in Jackson, Tennessee. It was not personal. I was from Jackson and I wanted to leave Jackson and go to college. But two of the most influential persons in my life, my mother, Ms. Hattie Mosley Nelson and Dr. Wesley Cornelious McClure conspired against me and decided that I would be attending Lane College. Both of them are gone now, but the decision they made for me shaped my life and gave me the foundation I needed to achieve so many things. Although I did not want to go to Lane, I became hooked on Lane. I met people from all over the country and many of them are still very close personal friends. I learned how to navigate the complexities of life and how to appreciate its simple pleasures. The same values I had been taught at home: respect, honesty, conscientiousness, and loyalty, to name a few, were reinforced at Lane College. One of my best discoveries at Lane was black history. I always hated history in high school because blacks were primarily portrayed as slaves. At Lane, I discovered our true origins and all the major contributions our ancestors made. Although I was a business major, I was so excited about black history that I almost changed my major. Understanding my heritage and being surrounded by my people gave me the confidence to persevere when things got tough and seemed impossible. I love Lane and I thank God for my mother who said to me You are going to Lane College.