Roger Milliken

Mr. Milliken took the company on a decades-long journey that elevated its quality standards to the point where the entire company was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1989.

Accomplishments

BORN: New York, New York, October 24, 1915 Son of Gerrish and Agnes (Gayley) Milliken
STUDENT: Groton School, 1927/1933
Yale University, Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1933/1937
WIFE: The Late Justine Van Rensselaer Hooper
CHILDREN: Justine V.R. Milliken Russell, Nancy, Roger Jr., David Gayley, Weston Freeman
RESIDENCE: Spartanburg, South Carolina
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Episcopalian
CHAIRMAN: Milliken & Company 2006--
CHAIRMAN / CEO: Milliken & Company 1983 to 2005
PAST PRESIDENT: Milliken & Company 1947 / 1983
DIRECTOR: Milliken & Company – 1941--
DIRECTOR: South Carolina Manufacturing Alliance
   
CHAIRMAN:
  • Institute of Textile Technology – 1944/1997; Emeritus 1997--
  • Greenville/Spartanburg Airport Commission – 1959 --
  • Crafted with Pride in the U.S.A. Council, Inc. – 1984 –
  • Noble Tree Foundation 2000 --
MEMBER:
  • The Business Council, Washington, DC – 1966-2005
  • Palmetto Business Forum
  • Ludwig von Mises Institute's Entrepreneurs Council – 1995
FORMER DIRECTOR:
  • American Textile Manufacturers Institute, Inc.
  • Arthur D. Little, Inc.>
  • Citicorp 1947 / 1987
  • Mercantile Stores Company, Inc. – 1939 / 1998
  • W. R. Grace & Co. 1953 / 1995
  • Westinghouse Electric Corporation 1962 / 1986
DELEGATE TO: Eight (8) Republican National Conventions from SC 1956/1984
   
CLUBS:
  • Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
  • The Links, New York City
  • The Union League Club, New York City
  • The Carolina Country Club, Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Garden Club of America, Member at Large
TRUSTEE:
  • Wofford College
  • Spartanburg Day School
  • South Carolina Foundation of Independent Colleges
ADVISORY BOARD:
  • Brookgreen Gardens – 1987--
  • Institute for Political Economy – 1985--
PRESIDENT: Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award - 11/19/92)
   
HONORARY DEGREES:
  • Doctor of Textile Industry, Clemson University-1951
  • Doctor of Laws, Wofford College-1967
  • Doctor of Laws, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology-1978
  • Doctor of Laws, Philadelphia College Textiles and Science-1980
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Converse College-1980
  • Doctor of Laws, Brenau University-1985
  • Doctor of Laws, The Citadel-1989
  • Doctor of Business Administration, University of South Carolina at Spartanburg-1991
  • Doctor of Laws, LaGrange College-1992
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Wofford College-1996
  • Doctor of Laws, Furman University-1998>
  • Doctor of Humanities, Presbyterian College-2001
  • Doctor of Sciences, North Carolina State University-2007
SPECIAL AWARDS:
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce "Businessman of the Year" -1981
  • Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce "Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizenship Award" - 1985
  • Among the first of seven Laureates elected to the S. C. Business Hall of Fame-1985 (co-sponsored by Junior Achievement and The State newspaper)
  • Recipient of the National Brotherhood Award tendered by the National Conference of Christians and Jews -1985
  • American Textile Manufacturers Institutes "Samuel Slater Distinguished Service Award" - 1986
  • Dedication to Tom Peters book Thriving On Chaos - released October 19, 1987
  • Northern Textile Association "Silver Medal Award" -1989
  • Recipient of the first "Citizen of the Carolinas Award" by the Charlotte, N.C., Chamber of Commerce -December 3, 1990
  • Recipient of the "American Achievement Award" by BrookgreenGardens April 6, 1991
  • First recipient of The Textile & Needle Trades Division of ASQC Quality -1991
  • Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects -1992
  • Inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame February 1, 1993
  • Recipient of the "Freedoms Foundation Pamplin Distinguished Award for Freedom Leadership" – June 18, 1993
  • Recipient of the “Belgium Mercurius Prize” by the Embassy of Belgium – October, 1993.
  • Recipient of the Catherine H. Sweeny Award for 1993 by the American Horticultural Society - October 10, 1993.
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and Trusteeship presented by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges - April 17, 1994
  • Recipient of the "Order of the Palmetto" by S.C. Governor Carroll Campbell - September 13, 1994.
  • Recipient of the "1996 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year" by the Warren Featherbone Foundation & Georgians for Manufacturing - April 17, 1996.
  • >Recipient of the first Roger Milliken Medal of Quality Award, named in his honor by the South Carolina Quality Forum. Presented by Governor David Beasley – April 29, 1997
  • Recipient of the “1998 South Carolina Manufacturer of the Year” for large manufacturers by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce – September 15, 1998
  • Recipient of the Charles A. Townes Award, by the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation – May 21, 1999
  • Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, by the Northern Textile Association – October 17, 1999
  • Named “Leader of the Century” by Textile World Magazine – December 1999
  • Inducted into the National Business Hall of Fame, sponsored by Junior Achievement – April 18, 2000
  • Recipient of The Garden Club of America’s – Frances K. Hutchinson Medal – May 16, 2000
  • Recipient of The 2001 Distinguished Service Award, by the SpartanburgMethodist College – March 31, 2001
  • Recipient of The Honorary Textile Leader of the Year, by N. C. State University Kappa Tau Beta Leadership Fraternity & Phi Psi Professional Textile Fraternity, May 3, 2001
  • Inaugural inductee to The American Textile Hall of Fame, by The American Textile History Museum – September 10, 2001.
  • Inaugural recipient of the Drummond Award for Statesmanship, by the Drummond Center for Statesmanship – February 25, 2003.
  • Recipient of The Joseph M. Juran Medal, by The American Society for Quality – May 19, 2003
  • Recipient of The Frederick Law Olmsted Award, by the National Arbor Day Foundation – May 1, 2004
  • Roger Milliken Field named in 2004 in honor of service to Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport Commission as Chairman since its inception
  • Recipient of The Buck Mickel Leadership Award, by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce – January 26, 2006
  • Recipient of The 2006 SNA Environmental Leadership Award, by the Southern Nursery Association – August 10, 2006
  • Honorary Member, American Society of Landscape Architects, October, 2006
  • (One of only 111 individuals so named since its founding in 1899)
  • Recipient of The American Manufacturing Policy Visionary Award, by American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition – April 15, 2008.
  • Recipient of The Green Umbrella Award, by Furman University and Greening of Greenville – October 24, 2008.
  • Recipient of Icon of Industry Award, by the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH) – November 11, 2008.
FEATURED IN:
  • *BUSINESS WEEK, "How Roger Milliken Runs Textiles Premier Performer" - January 19, 1981
  • PLAYING TO WIN by Fran Tarkenton - released 1984
  • A PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin - released - May 1985
  • *WOMENSWEAR DAILY TECHNOLOGY - "Spreading the Bar Code Gospel" - September 1986
  • *TEXTILE WORLD, "Roger Milliken Speaks Out on Crafted with Pride" - January 1986<
  • *TEXTILE WORLD, "Roger Milliken, Textile World's Leader of the Year 1986" - September 1986
  • *BOBBIN MAGAZINE - "A View From the Top" - December 1986
  • WOMENS WEAR DAILY/DAILY NEWS RECORD - RTO Retailing Technology and Operation
  • "Quick Response Now The Fashion Express" - March 1988
  • *TEXTILE WORLD, "Roger Milliken, Textile World's Leader of the Year 1990" - December 1990
  • *TEXTILE LEADER, "Interview with a Textile Legend" By Eugene Dempsey; Vol. 10 – Spring 1992
  • *AMERICA'S TEXTILES INTERNATIONAL, "Milliken: Why GATT Won't Work" - November 1994
  • *TEXTILE WORLD, "Milliken & Company 1995 Model Mill of the Year" - June 1995
  • *ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD, "A Bias For Action" - September 1995
  • *TEXTILE WORLD, "Milliken's Industrial Heroes Do The Improbable" - September 1995
  • *ITS Textile Leader, "Global-Regional Blocs: Is WTO-GATT Good For You?" - October 1996
  • *SOUTHERN TEXTILE NEWS, “Earth Angels” Environmental Edition – July 27, 1998
  • *TEXTILE WORLD, “Roger Milliken: TW’s Best of the Best” – December 1999
  • *TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, Milliken & Company – 2001 Innovation Award – June 2001
  • FORTUNE Magazine, “100 Best Companies to Work For” – January 2004, ’06, ’07, ‘08
  • ETHISPHERE Magazine, “World’s Most Ethical Companies” – Spring 2007

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