Integrated universities appoint Miller

Dr. Scott E. Miller

Integrated universities appoint Miller

EDINBORO Dr. Scott E. Miller has been selected as senior vice president of Academic Affairs and provost for the western integrated university, effective July 1, 2022.

In this role, he will lead the integrated institution comprising California, Clarion and Edinboro from an academic affairs perspective, including budgeting, personnel and institutional planning.

He will direct all academic programs and lead the development of new programs that support the mission of the integrated university and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

As a core member of the strategic leadership team, he will be responsible for providing direction for other members of the academic leadership team across all campuses, and he will partner with other divisions to ensure quality academic support systems for students.

"I am pleased that Dr. Miller has accepted this position," said Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, president of Clarion University and interim president of California and Edinboro universities.

"His record of leadership, commitment and professional experience will be an essential part of our success as our three universities come together to serve our students, employees and region," Pehrsson said.

Miller has been dean of Edinboro University's School of Business since 2012 and its College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences since 2015. This year, he also took on the interim leadership of the College of Science and Health Professions.

In planning for the integrated university, Miller co-led the team that developed the academic program array for the integrated university, and remains an active member of the Academic Affairs Functional Implementation Team, addressing all aspects of the transition of academic programming and functions to the new integrated university.

"I have a strong interest in the success of the new, four-campus (including online) university and will do whatever I can to assist in its success," Miller said.

"Having worked closely with the deans and academic leadership at California and Clarion over the past year, and with the leadership at Edinboro for over nine years, I firmly believe integration has the potential not only to revitalize our three physical campuses, but to provide real benefit, not only in higher education, through economic and cultural impacts to western Pennsylvania," said Miller.

As dean, he supervises approximately 220 full-time and 60 part-time faculty and staff, along with 150 work-study employees and 50 graduate assistants, and oversees budgets of nearly $70 million.

He is experienced in strategic planning, budgeting, curriculum development, program accreditation and community and business relations.

A proven innovator, under Miller's leadership, Edinboro developed an Intelligent Enterprise program which teaches students to use technology to improve business performance, resulting in them graduating with competencies and certifications that add value.

He collaborated to create a program that encourages parental involvement in the first years of college students, particularly first-generation students, and he led development of 4+1 initiatives for the Master of Business Administration and Master of Communication Studies programs.

Miller has worked extensively to develop and align programs with regional workforce needs. He has spearheaded efforts to increase efficiency and productivity in university offices and to train staff for student recruitment and retention. He has been successful in fundraising and stewardship.

He is a member of the president's diversity committee and has served on the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards and luncheon planning committee since 2015.

In his involvement with nonprofit boards, Miller worked with the CEO of a large, national nonprofit to appoint a vice president for health, equity, diversity and inclusion, resulting in the organization having a unique focus on health equity.

He previously served on the president's LGBTQIA commission and partnered with a prior director of social equity to strategize ways to increase diversity and inclusion on campuses.

Miller holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Anderson University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Gannon University, and is a certified public accountant, attorney and Governance Fellow.

He is associate editor of the Journal of Applied Business Research and is a member of the editorial review boards for Atlantic Law Journal and American Business Law Journal. He is an invited reviewer for Corporate Governance.

In 2014, he was the recipient of the Robert W. MacVittie Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of University Administrators.

A lifelong resident of western Pennsylvania, Miller's community involvement includes Erie Philharmonic, National Hemophilia Foundation and Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

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KNOX - Knox Lions Club September Student of the Month is Leia Bauer a senior at Keystone High School who was presented with her certificate of achievement and monetary gift by Lion Bill Black.

CLARION - The 2021-22 Clarion University Theatre season will open Sept. 22 with "Laughing Wild," a comedy by Christopher Durang. The production will run at 8 p.m. from Sept. 22 to 25, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sept. 26, all in Marwick-Boyd Little Theatre.

CLARION - Brianna Van Tassel, a recent graduate of Keystone High School and Emma Smith a recent graduate of Clarion-Limestone High School each received a $500 scholarship from the Kiwanis Club of Clarion during a program held in June.

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CLARION - Clarion University's TRIO Talent Search has been awarded a five-year grant through the U.S. Department of Education. Disbursed in annual installments of $463,217, the grant totals $2,316,085 and provides funding the program from September 2021 through August 2026.

CLARION - Need to brush up on your test-taking skills or gain assistance reviewing for the SAT or ACT? Clarion University's Educational Talent Search will host two SAT review sessions in Ralston Hall, Clarion Campus.

FOXBURG The Allegheny-Clarion Valley Class of 2021 held their graduation Wednesday, May 26, in the high school gymnasium in Foxburg. Forty-four students participated in graduation activities with parents, family, and friends in attendance.

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KNOX - Knox Lions Club May Student of the Month is Abbey Henry a senior at Keystone High School who was presented with her certificate of achievement and monetary gift by Lion Henry.