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Brad McMillan ’03 named NSASSP Assistant Principal of the Year

Brad McMillan ’03 named NSASSP Assistant Principal of the Year

Brad McMillan

Brad McMillan, a 2003 Doane graduate, has been named the 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Secondary School Principals (NSASSP). 

McMillan is the Assistant Principal and Activities Director at Waverly High School, a position he’s held since 2014. Prior to that, he was Assistant Principal and Activities Director at Waverly Middle School and had served as a teacher in Page, Arizona and a teacher and administrator in Kansas City, Missouri to begin his career. 


McMillan had previously been named Assistant Principal of the Year for Region 1 in Nebraska for the 2018-19 school year, which made him eligible for the statewide award. 


“It is an honor to represent Waverly High School and School District #145 as the recipient of the 2020-2021 Nebraska State Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year award,” McMillan said. “Our individual successes are grown out of a collective team sharing the same visions. We have a pretty special team here in Waverly that I share this honor with.”


McMillan is Crete, NE native who graduated from Crete High School in 1999 prior to enrolling at Doane. While he was at Doane, McMillan was also a member of the football and track and field team. He also met his wife, Delanie Hoff McMillan ’02, as well. The McMillans have been in Waverly since 2011, where they both work for School District 145. Delanie serves as the Director of Student Services. 


McMillan said his Doane education provided a solid foundation for his career in education and is something he’s still proud of to this day. 


“Doane’s education program is second to none,” he said. “Overall, the program really prepares you to be a successful educator. The work and intensity that goes into the program for the students and professors sets the stage for those students to become successful. It was challenging, but the reward of walking into your first teaching position with the most cutting-edge tools and skills sets you up to be a great leader in education.” 


McMillan received high praise from his peers, teachers, students, and parents, which helped contribute to him receiving the Assistant Principal of the Year award. Brian Benson, a special education teacher and coach at Waverly High School, is not surprised to see McMillan receive the award.


“Brad is an outstanding communicator and organizer of the many activities offered in our school district,” Benson said. “He has shown himself to be gracious and open to patrons of the district, while offering unwavering support to the teachers and coaches he leads. As a teacher and coach in School District 145 for the past 21 years, I can honestly say Mr. McMillan’s leadership is second to none.”


McMillan received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Doane in 2003 and earned a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2008. Doane graduates Susan Cassata ’01E and Scott Ingwerson ’05E were also recognized by the NSASSP as the High School and Middle School Principal of the Year award winners.