JACKSON, Mississippi - After 22 years of
service to the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, the last 18
as Executive Director, H.S. “Butch” McMillan has announced he is retiring,
effective June 30.
“It has been a great honor to have
served over 18 years as an executive director of an agency with such a noble
mission,” said McMillan. “I’d like to thank my board members for the
tremendous support over the years. It’s been a pleasure to have worked
with such talented and dedicated staff in fulfilling our mission of providing
opportunities for Mississippians with disabilities.”
McMillan has devoted 34 years of service
to the State, beginning as a member of the House of Representatives from 1980
to 1992. Throughout the years, McMillan has repeatedly demonstrated his
commitment to the State of Mississippi by ensuring that Mississippians with
disabilities have a voice. As Executive Director, he has successfully
gained legislative support to expand services that promote employment and
independence for people with disabilities. McMillan's principle quality
of successful leadership has been a genuine inspiration to others through his
selfless and unwavering commitment.
McMillan is nationally recognized by his
peers as one of the most important policy administrators for federal disability
and vocational rehabilitation programs. He has served as president
of both the National Rehabilitation Association and the Council of State
Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation. His guidance and input
regarding the federal vocational rehabilitation program is requested by other
state directors and federal and congressional partners when formulating best
practices and policies across the United States.
McMillan, a graduate of Mississippi
State University and a Certified Public Accountant, is an active member of many
statewide organizations and councils including the State Workforce Investment
Board and the Disability Resource Commission. He served as the State
employee representative on the Public Employment Retirement System Board, most
notably as Chairman his final year.