Dr. Miller is the fourth chancellor and seventh leader of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. A dedicated educator, Dr. Miller brings extensive academic and administrative experience to UNCW. His professional expertise incorporates the breadth and depth of American higher education, from his own learning experiences as a student at the College of William and Mary and as a faculty member at Mississippi State University, Weber State University and the University of Mississippi to his work as a dean at the University of the Pacific and, most recently, as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research at Wichita State University.
At UNCW, Dr. Miller is leading a campus-wide initiative to reaffirm important university values to meet strategic goals in uncertain economic times. Building on nationally recognized academic and research programs, Dr. Miller is promoting community partnerships, entrepreneurship and innovation as ways for the university to “Invent the Future.”
Dr. Miller was born in Harrisonburg, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees in biology from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Mississippi State University. His dissertation involved a study of the ecological mechanisms of freshwater stream fish communities.
Dr. Miller served as assistant professor of entomology at Mississippi State where he worked in collaboration with the USDA and scientists from 14 states to develop a nationwide, computerized pest detection system. In 1985, Dr. Miller joined the faculty of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. In 1989 he accepted a position as assistant professor of biology at the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”), where he worked for 14 years, seven as chair of the department, achieving the rank of professor of biology.
Dr. Miller has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers and one book. His research centered on the areas of population, community and behavioral ecology, with much of his work focused on reproductive biology and mating systems of wolf spiders. His research has been published in Ecology, Animal Behaviour and Oecologia, among others. He is the former associate editor of the Journal of Arachnology.
In 2002, Dr. Miller took a role as dean of the College of the Pacific and professor of biology at the University of the Pacific, where he was instrumental in expanding programs in the sciences, theatre and the social sciences. He organized a full revision of the general education program, increased enrollments and expanded the College faculty. He joined other deans to create the Pacific P12 partnership to improve student success in public schools in Sacramento, Calif. He founded the Pacific Natural Resources Institute.
Dr. Miller is active in national organizations. He serves on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Committee for Economic and Workforce Development. He participated as a member of the task force that developed the student learning outcomes component of the Voluntary System of Accountability, a joint project of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU: formerly NASULGC) and the AASCU. He is a member of the North Central Regional College and University Advisory Council of the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
He is married to Georgia Nix Miller. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.