Lee Mall & Mike Miller Plaza

Lee Mall and the Mike Miller Plaza are located centrally on the Kilgore campus, designed as a common area for students to relax and college events.  The location is the former home of the Ivan Liberal Arts Building which was demolished in 2014.  Lee Mall encompasses the walkways that lead from east to west on campus.  

Lee Mall:

The Lee Mall was named after Davis Russell Lee who worked in maintenance at KC for 47 years where he served under the first six presidents at Kilgore College. The mall area located in the central part of campus was named in his honor on Aug. 31, 1989.  Lee was first employed at KC in 1942 in maintenance.  From 1943-46 he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippines and Japan.  In 1946, he resumed his work at KC, now as supervisor of maintenance, where he was responsible for firing the boilers, handling the mail, mowing the lawns, trimming the hedges, maintaining the flower beds and planting the shrubs and trees on campus.  He planted almost all of the now old trees at KC, most of which were transplanted as young saplings from the surrounding Kilgore area.  He also taught horticulture classes at KC, primarily in the establishment and maintenance of the school's trees and shrubbery.

Mike Miller Plaza:

The Mike Miller Plaza was created in 2016 in honor of the late Mike Miller who left money to the college to fund the project.  Miller, originally from Henderson, attended KC after high school which began a long and distinguished relationship with the college.  Miller earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from SMU and went on to serve as Senior Vice President of the National Spirit Group, Ltd., the group that became the parent company of the National Cheerleaders Association, Cheerleader Supply and NCA Superstar Dance Program camps. He was responsible for the dance, drill team and pom pom programs of the company which he originally helped develop in 1975. He started NCA Superstar with 10 camps and 887 summer camp participants. Under his direction, the NCA Superstar Dance Program was the largest in the United States with more than 30,000 students participating in camps throughout 27 states. In January of 1993, Mike left the National Spirit Group to start his own company, Mike Miller & Associates Special Events. The company continues today to place cheerleaders and dancers in football bowl game halftime shows and parades. In addition, his company nationally coordinates and produces events not related to the spirit industry. Both Southern Methodist University and Kilgore College have were his benefactors. He has endowed more than 18 scholarships alone to Kilgore College, 12 of which directly benefit and impact the Kilgore College Rangerette organization.organization.