Judy Millesen

MPA Program Director and Professor

Dr. Judy Millesen

Judith Millesen, PhD University at Albany
Dr. Millesen identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community and joined the College of Charleston in January 2018 as the MPA Director. She is the proud parent of Ben and Amy, both adopted from Vietnam, and both entering their junior year as music performance majors at James Madison University. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and a first-generation college student, she completed her BS in Business at Richard Stockton University. Upon graduation she worked for ten years as a nonprofit fundraising professional, both at the local community level and for a State College. She obtained her MPA at the University of Hartford, and her PhD at the University of Albany. Millesen spent the first 18 years of her academic career at Ohio University. Some of her most cherished experiences from Ohio University include serving as the MPA Director; traveling to Indonesia with a team of faculty interested in developing international NGO experiences for students; and serving as a faculty facilitator for the State Department’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Connect Camps in seven different African countries. Millesen’s current research focuses on making a strong link between theory and practice and is focused on nonprofit administration and capacity building in the sector with special interests in board governance and community philanthropy. When not at work, she enjoys traveling with family, visiting Ben & Amy, or being outside working in the yard, walking her dogs (Mike & Callie), playing softball, or training for her next triathlon. Dr. Millesen can be reached at millesenjl@cofc.edu or at 843.953.6697.