Dr. Foy Mills, Jr. ('80) came "home" to Lubbock Christian University in 2018 to serve as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at his undergraduate alma mater.
Dr. Mills began his professional career at LCU in 1981 as an instructor in agribusiness. In 1985, he was awarded a USDA-ARS National Needs Fellowship to pursue his Ph.D. at Texas Tech. Upon completion of his doctorate, he was named an assistant professor and extension agricultural economist at The University of Georgia, serving in that capacity for two years.
Mills returned to Texas in 1989 to begin a 23-year career at Abilene Christian University. Ten of those years, he served as chair of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He moved to Sam Houston State University in 2012, where he was professor and program leader of Agribusiness for six years. During his time in academia, he has also served the US and international peanut industry in research and leadership roles.
Dr. Mills is a national award-winning teacher, having been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Non-land-grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
In his professional career, Dr. Mills has produced 39 peer-reviewed publications, he has been invited to conduct workshops or speak at national conferences 12 times and he has made over 75 peer-reviewed presentations. His service to the peanut industry has resulted in over 75 proprietary reports with a comparable number of professional/industry presentations.
Mills has served in several national leadership roles and is currently President-Elect of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
Dr. Mills is married to Mitzi (Ayers) Mills ('80). He has two daughters, Whitney Mills Kasinger and Lindsey Mills Kennedy ('06), who along with their husbands, are parents to their six grandchildren.