Hailed by EBONY magazine in 2004 as one of the nation's 30 leaders who are 30 and under, Marco Watson McMillian currently serves as CEO of MWM & Associates, and was recently appointed as the Leadership Effectiveness Initiative Program Manager for New Leaders Memphis and has since been promoted to its Director of Recruitment and Operations. Formerly, McMillian served as the Executive Assistant to the President (Chief of Staff) at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama. As a member of the President's cabinet, McMillian was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of the President. In addition, he was responsible for the university's strategic partnerships and legislative affairs in which he assisted the university in receiving its largest state appropriation ever-$38 million. During his tenure as Associate Director for Development at Jackson State, he was responsible for managing the university's fund raising operations and programs, which led to the institution securing more than $16 million in private support. Additionally, he assisted as one of the principals in the development of the $50-million campaign for Jackson State University.
Most recently, McMillian served as International Executive Director for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated in which he officially assumed the role on July 16, 2007 and served until October 1, 2011. As the Chief Operating Officer of the organization, whose membership is more than 150,000 and headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia, Marco was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the almost 100-year old men's fraternity. Of the organization's six COOs since its establishment in 1914, McMillian was by far the youngest person to ever hold this top post in the fraternity. During his tenure, McMillian secured a half-million dollars ($500,000) for the organization including a federal contract for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., a first for the organization. Additionally, he professionalized many of the organization's systems and procedures and introduced electronic voting for delegates at the organization's 2011 national convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Notably, Marco led the charge for the organization's first international service project in Nigeria, South Africa; and was the organization's first and only Executive Director to travel internationally to visit a chapter (Seoul, Korea).
Previously, McMillian served as Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Jackson State University where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Division of Institutional Advancement.
Prior to Jackson State University, McMillian served as a program coordinator and classroom instructor for Clarksdale Public School District and Noxubee County School District, respectively. As a program coordinator, he supervised 20 classroom teachers and revised the district's class-size reduction program.
The Clarksdale, Mississippi native is a magna cum laude graduate of the W.E.B. DuBois Honors College at Jackson State University and holds a master's degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in the area of Philanthropy and Development. McMillian, who also holds a certificate in fundraising management, is a graduate of the Fundraising School at Indiana University. Additionally, he has studied at Mississippi State University in the area of Public Policy and Administration and Boston University in the area of Financial Planning. McMillian is a graduate of Huntsville/Madison County Leadership Connect Program, Youth Leadership Clarksdale, National Young Leaders Conference of Washington, D.C., and the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals' Leadership Program in Bowie, Maryland. He is a member of New Jerusalem M. B. Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
The young executive is a member of seven national honor societies and a former member of the Rotary Club of Jackson, Mississippi; the Rotary Club of Clarksdale, Mississippi; University Center Kiwanis Club in Jackson, Mississippi; the Sunset Lions Club of Clarksdale, Mississippi; National Forum for Black Public Administrators; 100 Black Men of the Golden Triangle Mississippi, Inc. and is listed in the 2008 Cambridge Who's Who among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
McMillian, who was honored by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of the "Top 40 Leaders under 40," is a former board member for the NAACP, Coahoma County Branch; Arms of Love National Project; Community Bridge Builders, Incorporated; the Mississippi School for the Blind Community Health Council and the Kiwanis Club International President's Advisory Council. He is also a former Student Government Association President for Jackson State University, a former International Second Vice President for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and past National Parliamentarian for the Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Incorporated.
Most recently, McMillian, a certified grants specialist, registered meeting planner and certified event planner, served as secretary for March of Dimes, National Capital Area Chapter Board of Directors; chair for the William E. Doar, Jr. Pubic Charter School for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Board of Trustees; president for Pigtown Main Street, Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland Board of Directors and was a member of the 100 Black Men of Maryland, Inc., the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. He was also a member of the Executive Committee for the National Pan Hellenic Council; a member of the Eunice Kennedy Shiver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development at NIH Community Ambassadors Council and board member for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Currently, Marco serves as a member of the International Community Ambassadors Network (I! CAN).
Marco was featured as one of 27 interesting personalities in the Who's Who in Black Washington, D.C. Inaugural publication and is the recipient of the 2009 Thurgood Marshall Prestige Award presented by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He has also been featured in the Who's Who in Black Washington, D.C. second edition and Who's Who in Black Baltimore Inaugural publication. The Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, The Honorable Steve Beshear, commissioned Marco as a Kentucky Colonel; the Mayor of Augusta, Georgia, The Honorable Deke Copenhaver, recognized him for his outstanding services to the community; the Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi, The Honorable Cheri Barry, declared September 26, 2010 as Marco McMillian Day and the Mayor of Huntsville, Alabama, The Honorable Tommy Battle, and City Council honored him for his contributions to the Tennessee Valley. Marco is also the recipient of President Barack Obama's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award.
The life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. was bestowed the honor of being the youngest member inducted into the Outstanding Sigmas of the Southern Region Chapter, the highest honor granted to a member of the fraternity by his region. He is the youngest person featured in Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity's 100+ Most Influential Members publication, commemorating the organization's centennial celebration. Marco has received numerous other awards and accolades.