Roger Millay

Alumni Family Supports English Fellowship Through Living Trust

Roger Millay (Col ’79)

Roger (Col ’79) and Robin (Col ’80) Millay, both English language and literature majors, are firm believers in the value of a liberal arts education.

“A liberal arts education gives a person a broad perspective on the world,” Roger Millay said.

He sees the three years he spent as a work-study student managing the Ivey F. Lewis Honor Loan in the Office of the Dean of Students as one of his most formative experiences while at U.Va. Through the part-time job, he discovered an aptitude for accounting and began taking electives at the McIntire School of Commerce.

“The opportunities U.Va. offered shaped my future,” he said. “I was a much different person when I left. My college experience gave me career direction and developed interests that made me a lifelong learner.”

Following his graduation from U.Va., Millay went on to receive a master’s degree in accounting from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and subsequently was licensed as a certified public accountant. He currently serves as vice president and chief financial officer of Towers Watson & Co., a global professional services company specializing in employee benefits, talent management, and risk and capital management.

Millay credits his U.Va. degree in English as being instrumental to his success.

“It distinguished me early in my accounting career,” he said. “It provided me with communication skills that differentiated me from my colleagues and accelerated my advancement.”

For years, Roger and Robin spread their annual gifts around the University. But in recent years, after learning about the need for more graduate student support, they decided to focus their giving on the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. In 2005, the Millays created the Millay Fund for Graduate Studies, a fellowship in the Department of English.

Recently the alumni couple let the University know they plan to continue their philanthropic giving in the future. Using revocable living trusts, they have arranged to make additional gifts to the Millay Fund and the Dean’s Discretionary Fund in the College, as well as providing for gifts to the Virginia Athletics Foundation and the historic preservation program.

“The University of Virginia is important to Robin and me. Our daughters, Kristin and Kelsey, have also attended U.Va.,” Roger Millay said. “Our vision is to keep the greatness going.”