Colin R. McMillan

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Colin McMillan
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Productions and Logistics
In office
March 5, 1990 – December 11, 1992
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byJack Katzen
Succeeded byRoger Kallock (Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, 2000)
Personal details
Colin Riley McMillan

(1935-07-27)July 27, 1935
Houston, Texas, U.S.
DiedJuly 24, 2003(2003-07-24) (aged 67)
Three Rivers, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BS)

Colin Riley McMillan (July 27, 1935 – July 24, 2003) was a United States Assistant Secretary of Defense under President George H. W. Bush during the Gulf War. He was awaiting confirmation as United States Secretary of the Navy in 2003 when he died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head at his New Mexico ranch.[1][2]

McMillan was the chairman and CEO of Permian Exploration Corporation, an oil exploration company, the chairman of the First Federal Savings Bank in Roswell, New Mexico, and the founder and CEO of McMillan Production Company. He was appointed in 2001 to be the chairman of the Sallie Mae Corporation by President George W. Bush.

McMillan earned his bachelor's degree in geology from the University of North Carolina in 1957. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1957 to 1960 and in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1960 to 1972, attaining the rank of major.[3]

McMillan served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1971 to 1982. He ran for the United States Senate seat in New Mexico in 1994 but lost to incumbent Democrat Jeff Bingaman by a 54% to 46% margin. In 2000, McMillan was the New Mexico state chairman of George W. Bush's presidential campaign.

McMillan was survived by his wife, Kay, four children, and eight grandchildren.


  1. ^ Shenon, Philip (August 23, 2003). "Deputy Security Official Leaving Post". Retrieved April 26, 2019 – via
  2. ^ "Nominee for Navy Secretary Killed Himself, Official Rules". Associated Press. July 26, 2003. Retrieved April 26, 2019 – via
  3. ^ "Colin McMillan, 67; Oilman, Navy Secretary Nominee". Los Angeles Times. July 25, 2003. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Katzen
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Productions and Logistics
Title next held by
Roger Kallock

as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from New Mexico
(Class 1)

Succeeded by