Retiring Executive Vice President Reflects on C of O Career

Tom Center, a Veteran who participated in the most recent Patriotic Education Travel Program trip to Vietnam, presented his flag from the Vietnam War to Dr. Fred Mullinax at his retirement reception on June 2, honoring the work he has done for Veterans.
Tom Center, a Veteran who participated in the most recent Patriotic Education Travel Program trip to Vietnam, presented his flag from the Vietnam War to Dr. Fred Mullinax at his retirement reception on June 2, honoring the work he has done for Veterans.

 

 

by Tim Church

 

 

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – After over 40 years of service in the field of higher education, College of the Ozarks Executive Vice President, Dr. Fred Mullinax is retiring.

After several years of working at other colleges and universities across the county, Mullinax found his way to C of O in 1997. In 2009, Mullinax then began a new journey at C of O when he became the leader of the Patriotic Education Travel Program.

In an interview with Hometown Daily News, Mullinax shares what his time at C of O means to him:

 

In March, Mullinax led the 20th Patriotic Education Travel Program journey to Vietnam. Mullinax says while he is retiring, his love for Patriotic Education will continue:

 

Mullinax is officially retiring on July 31st. He will then be moving with his wife Rachel, to their home state of South Carolina.

 

More about Dr. Fred Mullinax (from press release)

Mullinax was born in South Carolina and is the oldest of three children. His father and uncles were veterans of World War II, and his father was a career military officer. Growing up in this environment fed his interest in history and greatly influenced his decision to pursue a degree in history.

Mullinax was educated at Gardner-Webb University, Appalachian State University, and the University of Kentucky. He has worked in higher education for more than 40 years in admissions, development, and administration.  He served as vice president at Alice Lloyd College and Transylvania University in Kentucky and as president of Alice Lloyd College and the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities.

He has been married to wife Rachel 47 years. She is a retired accounting professor from College of the Ozarks. They have made their home on the College campus in Point Lookout, Missouri, for the past eight years. After July, they will retire to their home state of South Carolina. Mullinax enjoys reading, watching sports, playing golf, and traveling.

More of the C of O Patriotic Education Travel Program can be here.

 

Dr. Fred Mullinax with Colonel John Fer (left) and Colonel Norman McDaniel (right) during the most recent Patriotic Education Travel Program trip to Vietnam in March 2016. Mullinax spent time with more than 150 Veterans throughout his time overseeing the Patriotic Education Travel Program at College of the Ozarks, making sure the Veterans revisited their battlefields all around the world.
Dr. Fred Mullinax with Colonel John Fer (left) and Colonel Norman McDaniel (right) during the most recent Patriotic Education Travel Program trip to Vietnam in March 2016. Mullinax spent time with more than 150 Veterans throughout his time overseeing the Patriotic Education Travel Program at College of the Ozarks, making sure the Veterans revisited their battlefields all around the world.

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