Scott Douglas Miller

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Scott Douglas Miller
Scott Miller, Virginia Wesleyan University President
4th President of
Virginia Wesleyan University
Assumed office
Preceded byWilliam Thomas Greer Jr.
President of Bethany College
In office
Preceded byG.T. Smith
Succeeded bySven de Jong (Interim)
President of Wesley College
In office
Preceded byReed M. Stewart
Succeeded byJ. Thomas Sturgis (Interim)
President of Lincoln Memorial University
In office
Preceded byGary Burchett
Succeeded byMartin Peters
Personal details
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
Alma materWest Virginia Wesleyan College (B.A)
University of Dayton (M.S.)
Vanderbilt University (Ed.S)
Union Institute & University (Ph.D) [1]

Scott Douglas Miller is an American academic administrator who has served as the fourth president of Virginia Wesleyan University since 2015. He is also an author and career educator.

Early life[edit]

Born in 1959, Miller is a native of Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. He graduated from General McLane High School in Edinboro, PA in 1977.[citation needed]


Miller holds a bachelor's degree (B.A.) from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a master's degree (M.S.) from the University of Dayton, an education specialist degree (Ed. S.) from Vanderbilt University, and a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) from Union Institute & University.[citation needed]


College and University Presidencies[edit]

Miller was named as the fourth president of Virginia Wesleyan University on February 25, 2015.[1] As president of VWU, Miller helped guide the university through the change from college to university in 2017 as the university welcomed the addition of graduate programs, online learning opportunities, a collaborative campus in Japan, and the Batten Honors College.[2]

While he is the current president of VWU,[3] Miller previously served as the president of Bethany College (2007–15),[4] Wesley College (1997-2007),[5] and Lincoln Memorial University (1991–97).[6] He was executive vice president and Vice President for Development at LMU (1984–91) before becoming president. Previously, he was Director of College Relations and Alumni Affairs at Rio Grande College (now University of Rio Grande).[7]

Leadership positions[edit]

Miller served as Chair of the Climate Leadership Network[8] from 2019 to 2021 and serves on the board of directors of Boston-based Second Nature,[9] an international environmental and climate advocacy group.

He is a former president of the National Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities of the United Methodist Church (NASCUMC). Miller served as the president of the North American Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAAMSCU) from 2019 to 2021.[10][11]

During his time at Bethany College, he served on the board of directors of The Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and was president of TCCUCC for four years.[12] He is chair of the board of directors of Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Academic Search, Inc., and the vice chair of the American Academic Leadership Institute.[13][14]


Miller is a regular columnist for The Virginian-Pilot, HuffPost, College Planning and Management, and Dwyer Education Strategies Enrollment Manager. He is the author of a widely distributed e-newsletter, "The President's Letter"[15] and a daily blog, "Dialogue".[16]

For 10 years, he served as the executive editor of Presidential Perspectives, an online presidential thought series that resulted in 11 books.[17] The series transitioned to a new name, President to President, and new sponsor in 2016. He has co-published six volumes of President to President.[18]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Wesley College named Scott D. Miller Stadium, 2007. [19] In 2021, the facility was acquired by Delaware State University Downtown and renamed the Scott D. Miller Stadium & Sports Complex to reflect the inclusion of the Drass Field, Reed Field, duPont Field, Wesley Field House, and the athletic administration annex.[20]
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2011.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, General McLane High School, 2013 .[21]
  • Miller and VWU named Chesapeake Bay Foundation Conservationist of the Year, 2017.[22][23][24]
  • Humanitarian of the Year, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, 2022[25]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife, Annie Miller, have two daughters and four grandchildren. They reside on the Virginia Wesleyan campus in the president's residence, DeFord Manor, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[7]


  1. ^ "Virginia Wesleyan College names new president". 26 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Virginia Wesleyan Announces Transition to University Status".
  3. ^ Parker, Stacy (February 26, 2015). "Virginia Wesleyan College names new president". Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  4. ^ "Scott D. Miller named president at Bethany College". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Associated Press. October 23, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "History of Wesley College". 30 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Undergraduate Catalog" (PDF).
  7. ^ a b "Office of the President". Retrieved 2023-08-31.
  8. ^ "The Climate Leadership Steering Committee".
  9. ^ "Second Nature Board".
  10. ^ "NAAMSCU Leadership".
  11. ^ "Dr. Miller Elected President of National Methodist Association".
  12. ^ "The Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ" (PDF).
  13. ^ "Academic Search Home page".
  14. ^ "AALI 2018-2019 Board of Directors".
  15. ^ "Virginia Wesleyan University -- The President's Letter".
  16. ^ "Dialogue".
  17. ^ Fennell, Marylouise; Miller, Scott D. ""Presidential Perspectives"".
  18. ^ ""President to President" by Marylouise Fennell and Scott D. Miller".
  19. ^ "Drass Field at Scott D. Miller Stadium".
  20. ^ "Del State Expands its Physical Presence in Dover & Wilmington". Delaware State University. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  21. ^ "General McLane School District".
  22. ^ "Virginia Wesleyan wins top conservation award from Chesapeake Bay Foundation". 6 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Virginia Wesleyan University Honored as Conservationist of the Year". 14 March 2018.
  24. ^ "Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Honor Virginia Wesleyan University".
  25. ^ "2022 Tidewater Humanitarian Awards – Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities". Retrieved 2022-05-09.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Gary Burchett
President of Lincoln Memorial University
1991 – 1997
Succeeded by
Martin Peters
Preceded by
Reed M. Stewart
President of the Wesley College
1997 – 2007
Succeeded by
J. Thomas Sturgis (Interim)
Preceded by
G.T. Smith
President of the Bethany College
2007 – 2015
Succeeded by
Sven de Jong (Interim)
Preceded by President of Virginia Wesleyan University
2015 – present