Milligan welcomes two new members to Board of Trustees

Published 11:56 am Wednesday, November 9, 2022

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Milligan University has announced two new appointments to the university’s Board of Trustees.
Bill Loran, vice president and co-founder of CrossStone Insurance, and LeAnne Blackmore, conference speaker and author, were approved on Friday, Oct. 28, at the board’s biannual meeting and will join the board in January 2023.
“I am delighted that these two influential members of the community will be joining the Board of Trustees,” said Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer. “Both have longstanding connections with the university and will bring important skillsets to our board.”
In addition, the board also voted to recognize Bill Greene and Dr. James Frasure as trustee emeriti. Greene, of Elizabethton, is the chair of BancTenn Corporation and is an esteemed banker and philanthropist. He served on the university’s Board of Trustees for 25 years. Frasure, who served 20 years, is a retired physician from Bloomington, Ind.
Bill Loran
Loran, a 1997 Milligan alumnus, co-founded CrossStone Insurance in 2009, providing home, automobile, life and business insurance plans, as well as Medicare, to residents in three states. Previously, he worked in finance and investment banking and managed investments and operations for a private practice. A RamseyTrusted Insurance ELP and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, Loran has served as a member of the Milligan Investment Committee since 2014.
Loran and his wife, Brianna, live in Johnson City, with their two daughters. He attends and actively serves at Poplar Ridge Christian Church.
LeAnne Blackmore
Blackmore is the author of several books, including Bible studies, devotionals and a children’s book. Throughout her career, she also has worked in sales and accounting, in addition to speaking at conferences.
Blackmore is a member at First Christian Church in Johnson City where she serves as a Sunday school teacher, women’s ministry leader, small group leader and a welcome team member. She serves on the board for Brazil River of Life Ministries, and she and her husband, Ron, currently work with the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s Medical Education International program.
Both she and her husband are 1988 graduates of Milligan. They have two grown children and a two-year-old granddaughter. Their daughter and son-in-law also are Milligan alumni.
Milligan’s Board of Trustees is currently composed of 29 active members whose combined experience, dedication and vision provides leadership and guidance to shape Milligan’s goals, policies and fiscal management. The board is a self-perpetuating board with members serving five-year terms. Alumni currently comprise approximately 76% of the board membership. The president is a nonvoting, ex officio member of the board. The board meets twice a year and has five standing committees.

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