Meet Our Advisors

Ellen Miller-Mapp ’75
Representative for the CC Friends of the '70s Advisory Committee
Columbia College Day Program
Atlanta, Georgia

Ellen Miller-Mapp was among the freshman students entering campus at the historic time of the transition from Christian College to Columbia College. Most notably, Ellen shares the distinction of being among the first African American students who integrated Columbia College in 1971. Ellen earned her Associates in Arts in 1973 and Bachelor of Arts in Individual Studies in 1975. Ellen was elected the first senior class president and a member of the Children of God gospel choir.

Ellen is a founding member of the CC Friends of the ’70s Advisory Committee, committed to expanding opportunities for higher-education among minority students. In 2021, these classmates established a scholarship called the African American Legacy Award of Excellence. The fund supports rising sophomore, junior or senior African American full-time Day Campus students at Columbia College who demonstrate a financial need.

Ellen’s professional career spanned more than 40 years. She began her corporate career in the for-profit arenas of Fashion and Beauty working for Industry leaders including Casual Corner and Avon Products, Inc. She also spent time in the Big Box Grocery Industry during it’s early growth years developing customer service training in Georgia’s emerging market.

Ellen made a career change, moving to the non-profit arena of Aging Services and has devoted the last 20 years serving Older Adults as a Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP). Ellen holds this certification earned through the Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLASS) of the University of North Texas. As an Associate in Leading Age Georgia, Ellen served the Center for Positive Aging on the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015 and the Georgia Institute on Aging from 2016 to 2018.

Currently serving as an advocate for senior citizens in Georgia, she works to improve the quality of life for those with low and extremely low incomes by working with local and state legislators on the issues of affordable housing, affordable and accessible healthcare and transportation.

Ellen is also a lifelong visual artist. A founding member of the visual arts ministry at Ben Hill United Methodist Church, she continues to serve the congregation and community.

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