Well-Known President of Delaware’s Oldest Private College Will Arrive January 1

3107DrScottMillerLOWRES.jpgBETHANY, W.Va.Bethany College announces selection of Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., as its 19th president, effective January 1. A national leader in higher education, Dr. Miller has been the president of Wesley College, Dover, Delaware, since 1997.

He will take the helm from Bethany’s current president, G.T. “Buck” Smith, who is retiring after four years of service to the institution.

“Buck Smith has done an outstanding job as President, and he gave Bethany exactly what it needed during these years and, most importantly, positioned us to attract an outstanding President to take the college forward into the future,” said Gregory B. Jordan, Chairman of Bethany’s Board of Trustees.

In speaking of the selection of Dr. Miller, Jordan remarked,After an exhaustive national search, I am confident we have found the best person to provide leadership for this important period in our institutional history. His record at Wesley demonstrates exactly the dynamic vision and ability to grow the college that we need to achieve a very bright and vibrant future at Bethany.”
The Entrepreneurial President
The 48-year old Miller is nationally recognized for his contributions to and success in higher education. He was one of 17 college presidents nationwide featured in The Entrepreneurial College President published by the American Council on Education in 2004. In 2002, his achievements at Wesley were touted as representing an “amazing turnaround” in The Small College Guide to Financial Health.

According to Charles “Chip” R. Dashiell, Jr., Chair of Wesley’s Board of Trustees, “Dr. Miller’s legacy at Wesley is one of exceptional accomplishment. During his tenure here, the college’s enrollment has tripled, fund raising has been robust, our endowment has doubled and the institution has been named to the prestigious Regional Best Colleges list of U.S. News and World Report for four consecutive years. Thanks to his strong strategic leadership, Wesley has become a vibrant, progressive institution, well-positioned to take advantage of new opportunities.”

“It is now time to let others build on Wesley’s firm foundation while I take on new challenges at Bethany,” said Dr. Miller. He noted that Bethany’s strong tradition of liberal arts education, its strong sense of mission, and its small, student-centered campus were additional factors in his decision to accept its presidency.

A nationally-known speaker and writer on national higher education issues, Miller served two years as vice-chair of the Council of Independent Colleges Board in Washington, D.C. He is currently chairing the Council’s New Presidents Program. He is currently in his 17th year as a college president.

Dr. Miller is frequently featured in trade journals including Trusteeship, journal of the American Association of Governing Boards, University Business and College Planning and Management. His most recent book, Presidential Perspectives: Creating Competitive Advantages, co-edited with Dr. Marylouise Fennell, was published in January 2007. Dr. Fennell is a former president of Pittsburgh’s Carlow University and currently serves as Senior Counsel to the Council of Independent Colleges.

According to Dr. Fennell, “Dr. Miller will put Bethany in the spotlight within the higher education community, and I am confident he will take it to the highest possible level of performance. He is clearly a leader who can bring Bethany’s rich heritage, strong educational capabilities, enduring values, dedication to students and civic-minded alumni together to achieve common goals in the years ahead. He is a perfect match for this leadership opportunity.”

A western Pennsylvania native, Dr. Miller noted that his new post will bring him closer to his personal roots, as well as those of his wife, Annie, a native of Ohio. He is a 1981 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and was a newspaper reporter for three central West Virginia newspapers. He earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Dayton in 1984, and his Ph.D. from The Union Institute and University in 1991. Dr. Miller also earned an Ed.S. degree from Vanderbilt University in1988.

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