#PeopleOfPeace: “Miss Millie” Retires from WPU After 36 Years

August 3, 2016

Miss Millie chuckled as we asked to interview her for a video. “Millie, would you mind if we interviewed you? We’re trying to find out what William Peace was like in person.”

She grinned, ear to ear, like she always would around campus. Whether you passed her in the staff break room, or during the day when she was doing her cleaning rounds, she always wore a smile.

It’s that contagious smile that many people at WPU will miss about Millie Vick, better known in the Peace community as “Miss Millie.” After serving the institution for more than 36 years, the 65-year-old has retired.

“Thirty-six graduations; this year makes 36,” Vick said.

“It really touches my heart and I love seeing them [WPU students] graduate and go on with their life and see them walk around the fountain throwing the roses – that’s the main thing, and seeing them walk across the stage.”

Vick has served a generation of students from Peace, and most notably, five different university presidents.

“Many of the students now have children,” Millie said, chuckling.

Millie’s smile and congenial personality aren’t the only things she’s known for on campus. She’s also known for her incredible drive, determination, and hard-working attitude. In fact, it’s those traits that helped earn her the prestigious Dr. Janice Edwards Service Award – not once, but twice, during her nearly 40-year tenure at WPU. The award honors employees whose service reflects friendly, cooperative, and effective leadership and genuine wisdom and deep caring for students and colleagues.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have known and worked with Millie for all these years,” said Dawn Dillon ’86, Director of Retention and First Year Experience. “Millie has been one of those behind-the-scenes folks that makes Peace the wonderful place it is. She is one of the hardest working, humble women I’ve ever met, has one of the biggest hearts, and she loves the people of Peace.”

“It’s been so great. I can’t believe it,” Vick said. “I’m going to miss the whole Peace family. I’m going to miss the staff, the faculty – I’m going to miss each and every one.”

During a celebration of her 35th anniversary of employment last year, Millie was even crowned “Queen of Peace” by her friends and colleagues.

“Millie epitomizes the qualities of graciousness, humility, and a spirit of service beyond compare,” said Rebecca Leggett, former Director of Visitor Services. “Each day, she approaches and serves those she works with and those who visit campus equally; with kindness, compassion, and an incredibly dedicated sense of responsibility.”

Millie said she plans to spend a lot of time with her spouse, and is looking forward to painting her house. She also plans to do missionary work and volunteer at her church, as well hospitals and rest homes.

We’ll miss you, Millie. Thank you.

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