Bethany President Elected Chair of the Board of Independent College Enterprise 

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller was elected Wednesday as chair of the board of directors of Charleston-based Independent College Enterprise, a consortium of eight private colleges in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.  As chair, he is president of the corporation.

The I.C.E. Board of Directors held their annual meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Charleston. 

Other officers include Dr. Edwin Welch (President, University of Charleston), vice president; Dr. Nancy B. Moody (President, Tusculum College), secretary; Cleta Harliss (Executive Vice President, University of Charleston), treasurer; and Shelley Nason, director and chief executive officer of I.C.E. 

The Independent College Enterprise is comprised of Bethany College, the University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Davis & Elkins College, Alderson-Broaddus College, all in West Virginia; Tusculum College in Tennessee, The William Peace University in North Carolina and Emory & Henry College in Virginia.  Presidents of the member institutions comprise the board of directors. I.C.E. has a global implementation team that includes vice presidents and information technology directors from the member institutions. 

This innovative group of institutions decided to pool their resources so that all members can benefit from a state-of-the-art administrative solution. The result is a single enterprise computing center, headquartered in Charleston, which satisfies the operational and administrative goals common to all eight institutions while allowing each of them to maintain their own individual and unique cultures. I.C.E. has full-time staff based in Charleston dedicated to maintaining the I.C.E. system for all eight colleges – as well as staffing the help-desk to support all of the eight institutions’ users. While the colleges share servers, software licenses and technical personnel, each school has exclusive access to its own financial and academic data. By pooling resources to purchase and maintain its system, the eight colleges of the I.C.E. consortium have streamlined administrative processes and increased service levels to students.

Miller has served as president of three private liberal arts colleges during the past 22 years and has been president and M.M. Cochran Professor of Leadership Studies at Bethany College since 2007.  He is also currently chair of the board of directors of Washington, D.C.-based Academic Search, Inc., and is chair of the Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He co-chairs legislative affairs for West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities and serves on the executive committee of the Appalachian College Association. 

He has published nine books, including two volumes of “President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education” in 2002 and 2009.  He authors a regular column for “College Planning and Management” and is executive editor of “Presidential Perspectives,” a presidential thought series addressing best practices in American higher education, now in its eighth year.