Trevecca Nazarene University

Beloved former president Reed died today

The University family was saddened by the death of its former president, Millard C. Reed, early this morning, December 27. Dr. Reed, who had been suffering from complications of Parkinson's disease, was in the hospital and being treated for pneumonia at the time of his death. 

Dr. Reed accepted the presidency of Trevecca in 1991 and served until his retirement in 2005. Prior to serving at Trevecca, he had been a minister for 50 years. Seventeen of those years were spent as senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville. Reed was educated at Olivet Nazarene College (1951-1956), Nazarene Theological Seminary (1955-1957), Eden Seminary (1959-1961), the University of Chicago (1961-1963), and Vanderbilt Divinity School (1977-1979). Prior to accepting the pastorate of First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, he served as the pastor of Churches of the Nazarene in Oregon, Missouri (1955-1956), Page-Watson Church of the Nazarene in St. Louis, Missouri (1957-1961), Kenosha, Wisconsin (1961-1966), and Overland Park, Kansas (1966-1974).

During his presidency of Trevecca, Reed oversaw major expansion of and improvements to the campus that included (among others) the following: the acquisition of 18 properties that added 9 acres to the campus, the successful completion of Trevecca’s largest capital campaign, and the construction of the Waggoner Library. Treveccca had honored Dr. Reed by naming its religion school in his honor, the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry.

Dr. Reed is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their adult children and their families: Stephen, Deborah, Paul, and John. 

A memorial service for Dr. Reed will be held on Sunday evening, December 30, at 5 PM, at First Church of the Nazarene, 510 Woodland Street, Nashville, Tenn,