Office of the President
President Scott D. Miller
Dr. Scott D. Miller is one of the most experienced and prominent liberal arts college presidents in America, having led four colleges and universities for over 26 years. Recognized by numerous books and publications nationally for his transformative leadership style, he was identified in the book The Entrepreneurial College President as one of 17 most entrepreneurial presidents in American higher education.
In 2015, he became President of Virginia Wesleyan College, a highly regarded, national liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Previously, Dr. Miller served as President at Bethany College in West Virginia (2007-15), Wesley College in Delaware (1997-2007) and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee (1991-97). At LMU, he was just 31 years old at the time of appointment, the youngest college president in the nation.
Born in the Philadelphia community of Ridley Park and growing up in the campus communities of Doylestown and Edinboro, he is the son of a public-school administrator. Dr. Miller has dedicated his career to the opportunities available through education. An outspoken and passionate supporter of the residential, liberal arts college environment that offers students personalized pathways to life and career success, Dr. Miller is a respected national leader on the opportunities and viability of residential, liberal arts, church-related colleges.
He earned his B.A. degree in communications from West Virginia Wesleyan College, worked as a journalist early in his career, and completed an M.A. from the University of Dayton. He earned an Ed.S. from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from The Union Institute and University. Dr. Miller brings to Virginia Wesleyan a lifetime of commitment to the values of a residential, liberal arts campus in a pluralistic society, with an emphasis on teaching, service, student-faculty engagement, and lifelong learning.
Dr. Miller has been featured in several books in recent years including The Entrepreneurial College President; The Small College Guide to Financial Health; Born, Not Made: The Entrepreneurial Personality; The First 120 Days: What a New College President Must Do to Succeed, and #FollowTheLeader: Lessons in Social Media Success from #HigherEd CEOs.
He was named in a 2015 national study (by Roland H. King of PhairAdvantage Communications) as one of the "Top 14 Presidents Publishing Op-eds." Dr. Miller ranked third in the survey behind Dr. Michael Roth of Wesleyan University.
Throughout his career he has earned a number of personal and professional accolades. He was named President-emeritus at Wesley College in 2007, and the Wesley National Alumni Association initiated the Dr. Scott D. Miller Leadership Scholarships. He was also honored with the naming of the entire sports complex as the "Scott D. Miller Stadium." Scholarships in communications and leadership are also named in his honor at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Bethany College. The Bethany Communications and Media Arts Awards are named in his honor. His undergraduate alma mater, West Virginia Wesleyan, recognized him with its highest distinction, the Doctor of Humanities degree, honorous causa, and Universidad Interamericana of Costa Rica/Panama awarded him the distinguished Presidential Medal for founding the InterAmerican Consortium.
A highly sought presenter, mentor, and author on higher education topics including financial sustainability and presidential performance for national conferences and trade journals, Dr. Miller is a regular columnist for The Virginian-Pilot, The Huffington Post, College Planning and Management, and Enrollment Manager. He is the author of a widely distributed e-newsletter, The President's Letter, a daily blog, Dialogue, and a campus-wide morning message, Nota Bene. For 10 years he served as the co-executive editor of Presidential Perspectives, an online presidential thought series that has resulted in 10 books. The series transitioned to a new name, President to President: Enhancing Quality of Life and Student Performance, and new sponsor in 2016. He co-published three volumes of President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education.
He has written hundreds of articles and written or edited 13 books and seven monographs, most with his longtime co-author, Dr. Marylouise Fennell, a former college president and current senior counsel for the Washington, DC-based Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), of which Dr. Miller is a former board member and officer. In 2015, he concluded 15 years as chair of the acclaimed CIC New Presidents Program and the technology consortium, Independent College Enterprise. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Washington, DC-based Academic Search, Inc.
Prior to becoming a college president, he served Lincoln Memorial University as Executive Vice President (1988-91) and Vice President for Development (1984-88). He also served as Director of College Relations and Alumni Affairs at Rio Grande College (now University) in Ohio.
Known as an accomplished fundraiser, Dr. Miller has raised more than $250 million in his 25 years as a college president. During his career, he has earned a number of professional accolades including three Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) "Circle of Excellence Awards" for fundraising improvement and overall performance.
Dr. Miller has been married for 33 years to Annie Cook Miller, and they live in Ocean View. They have two adult daughters. Dr. Katie Miller Sanders, her husband Dr. Gary Sanders, and daughter Addison live in Stephens City, Virginia. Ashlee and Justin Upp and daughter Abigail, reside in Dover, Delaware.
The Millers are lifetime members of the United Methodist Church.