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Businessman Whitney MacMillan to receive honorary doctorate from MSU-Bozeman

March 26, 2002 -- Brenda McDonald

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Bozeman -- Whitney MacMillan, a respected businessman and philanthropist, will be one of four people to receive honorary doctorate degrees during the 106th commencement ceremonies at Montana State University-Bozeman set Saturday, May 11.

Recipients of 2002 MSU-Bozeman honorary degrees are: MacMillan of Wayzata, Minn., retired president of Cargill who is active in world hunger issues; Stuart Conner, of Billings, who has recorded over 200 archaeological sites in Montana and is a leader in the preservation of rock art and Indian oral history; Elouise Cobell of Browning, whose lawsuit against the federal government seeks $12 billion in restitution for mismanagement of the Individual Indian Money Trust; and Mary Munger of Helena, a nurse leader and role model for her work in collective bargaining for nurses.

MacMillan retired in 1995 as president of Cargill, the world's largest privately owned company that is responsible for more than a quarter of the world's grain trade.

MacMillan has provided leadership to the international economic and political communities over the past generation. Among his many current activities is membership on the Council on Foreign Affairs, the Trilateral Commission and Care International.

He is an executive fellow and teacher at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business in Minnesota.

He has spent his retirement in active philanthropy. He has served on the boards of Yale University and the Mayo Clinic. He has made a number of fact-finding trips for the World Bank. He serves as a member of the National Advisory Board of the Museum of the Rockies and is a member of the board of the Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy.

He is currently a ranch owner in Park, Sweetgrass and Fergus counties in Montana and has focused much of his time and efforts toward agriculture with an objective to preserving Montana ranching.

He is also working with the Montana Historical Society in restoring the town of Judith Landing on his PN Ranch at the confluence of the Judith and Missouri rivers.

MacMillan is a graduate of Yale University.

For more information contact: Shari McCoy, office of the president (406) 994-2341