Biography: Gary L. Miller, Ph.D.

Gary L. Miller joins the University of Akron as its 18th president at a time of renewed focus and commitment. His experience as a university president and consensus builder will help to foster a revitalized optimism and enthusiasm from campus constituents for a stronger UA. 

Gary L. Miller, president-elect at The University of Akron

Gary L. Miller

He most recently served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (2014-2019) where he led a campus-wide planning and visioning process called “Invent the Future of the University.” He also assembled a special planning and budget advisory group to help navigate during a time when the schools were facing significant reductions in state funding.

While chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (2011-2014), he developed a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; oversaw the university launch of an innovative online nursing program; and opened a $30-million marine biotechnology business development and research building. His professional experience also includes serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University (2006-2011) and as dean of the College of the Pacific (arts and sciences) at the University of the Pacific (2002-2006). He was also a faculty member at the University of Mississippi, Weber State University and Mississippi State University, where he co-authored a widely used textbook, Ecology.

Miller holds a doctorate in biological sciences from Mississippi State University. He earned both a master’s and a bachelor’s in biology from the College of William and Mary.

He and his wife, Georgia Nix Miller, have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Miller will begin his duties at UA in October 2019.


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