PAST LEADERS

Gary L. Miller

Gary L. Miller 

Chancellor

University of North Carolina Wilmington
2011-14

Dr. Gary L. Miller was the fourth chancellor and seventh leader of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. After his arrival in July 2011, Dr. Miller spearheaded the university's focus on three core values: a commitment to the journey of learning, a deep love of place and dedication to the power of ideas and innovation to change lives.

His initiatives included supporting a number of programs focused on applied learning, community engagement and the undergraduate academic experience, developing the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), establishing the University Innovation Council, and guiding the growth of the CREST Research Park, among many other endeavors. During his tenure, the university launched an innovative online nursing program, opened a $30 million marine biotechnology business development and research building and received reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Dr. Miller has extensive experience in academics, research and administration. Before joining UNCW, he was the provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University (2006-11) and dean of the College of Pacific (arts and sciences) at the University of the Pacific (2002-06). While serving as a professor and chair of the biology department at the University of Mississippi, he co-authored the widely used textbook Ecology. He was a faculty member at Weber State University and Mississippi State University. He holds a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Mississippi State University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the College of William & Mary. Dr. Miller assumed the duties as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in August 2014.