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 H.S. “Butch” McMillan to Retire from Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

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.  



POSTED: 2/11/2015