Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
Lin Stoner '73
Recruitment and Support of Athletics
Lin Stoner '73 of Decatur is recognized for his stellar accomplishments in recruiting student athletes to Millikin.
Stoner spent his entire working career at Millikin, starting in 1973 as coordinator of student recruitment for all sports and assistant football coach. In 1977, he became a full-time admission counselor, based in Chicago. He rose through the ranks of the admission office, becoming director and then dean of admission. Upon his retirement in 2005, Stoner was named dean emeritus of admission. In 2012, he returned to Millikin as a part-time consultant to assist in the recruitment process, mainly for student/athletes.
Although it would be impossible to quantify the number of student athletes he has brought to the university, Stoner recruited numerous top athletes to MU. Thanks to his persistence and tireless efforts, athletes from Chicago, Pennsylvania and Florida, to name just a few locations, became members of Big Blue teams. When he became director and dean, Stoner was the “closer” in almost every admission decision. He was mentor to many students, acquainted with their backgrounds and family histories. He was also their “go to” person when the students arrived on campus and was key in retention of many student athletes.
In fact, his personal attention and caring manner resulted in many letters of appreciation from parents during his tenure as dean, all lauding Stoner’s ability to help both students and parents feel they had a friend at Millikin.
Under his leadership, the university saw consistent increases in enrollment, with new student enrollment ranking among the highest in Millikin history. He was instrumental in the expansion of the James Millikin Scholars program and also in increasing minority enrollment, including development of the Long-Vanderburg minority scholarship program (now known as the Long-Vanderburg Caterpillar Scholars program).
While at Millikin, Stoner was a member of the football and basketball teams. His bachelor’s degree from Millikin was in physical education, secondary teaching.