Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives



imageA Southwestern University graduate who was named one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2013 will deliver the University’s 2014 commencement address. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. in the Corbin J. Robertson Center.

Amanda McMillian graduated from Southwestern in 1995 with a major in political science and now serves as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies.

McMillian has served in positions of increasing responsibility since joining Anadarko in December 2004. Prior to joining Anadarko, she practiced corporate and securities law at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she represented a variety of clients in a wide range of transactional, corporate governance and securities matters. 

McMillian holds both a master of arts degree and a juris doctorate from Duke University and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. She has been active in a number of organizations, including the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association. She is president of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Board of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Southwestern University Board of Visitors.

McMillian was named to Houston Woman Magazine’s list of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2013.

“Amanda represents the true promise of a liberal arts education − empowering individuals to see our multifaceted, complex world through many different lenses of human thought,” Southwestern University President Dr. Edward Burger said in announcing her selection as commencement speaker. “She also is an aspirational leadership figure who shows us the power and impact of wise, creative, innovative, strategic and effective thinking. Amanda is living proof that the intellectual as well as life-changing value of a Southwestern University education knows no bounds.”

Three hundred and seventy-three December, May and August graduates are eligible to receive degrees at the May 10 ceremony.

For friends and relatives who are unable to attend the ceremony, it will be streamed live on the Internet. For details on how to watch the broadcast, go to

Overflow viewing also will be available in Room 105 of the Olin Building.