Biography

Bob McMillan


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After running for the United States Senate in 1988 and winning editorial “praise” from “The New York Times”, Mr. McMillan was named by President George Bush to the Board of the Panama Canal Commission and confirmed by the United States Senate for the post on November 19, 1989. On October 27, 1993, Mr. McMillan was elected Chairman of the Commission’s Board of Directors -- the first person who was not an official of the Department of Defense to serve as Chairman.

He also served as an Assistant to Richard M. Nixon, as Counsel to U.S. Senator Kenneth B. Keating where he was directly involved in the Cuban Missiles Crisis, and in a wide range of assignments as a Corporate Officer of Avon Products, Inc, including the Asia Pacific Profit Center.

Mr. McMillan has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association for six years, the first non-physician to serve on that Board, and he was a Member of the Board of Directors of Madison National Bank from 2007 - 2012. He also served on the Board of Directors of WellChoice, Inc. from 1994 through 2005 and on the Board of Lumex, Inc. from 1984 to 1997. In 1987, Mr. McMillan founded the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc. and served as its Chairman until 2001. The Partnership is the first suburban coalition in the United States of business, banking, labor, religious organizations and institutions of higher learning to build and facilitate the construction of affordable housing.

Mr. McMillan co-hosted Face-Off for over fourteen years. A PBS television show, Face-Off was seen throughout the metropolitan New York and Albany areas. In addition he has provided political commentary on Cable Television over MSNBC, CNN, and Fox. Occasionally, he has written columns for “Newsday”, the “Miami Herald” and “The New York Times”. In addition, he has written two books, “Global Passage—Transformation of Panama and the Panama Canal” and “Columns: Marilyn Monroe to Vietnam and Iraq”.

Finally, Mr. McMillan finished first in his class at Ft. Belvoir’s Engineer Officers Candidate School and served in Korea with an Engineer Combat Company. First Lieutenant McMillan was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Korea.

Bob McMillan