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Miller Selected To Head University Of Wisconsin Campus

By Jenny Callison, posted Jun 2, 2014
(Gary Miller)
The job search is over for Gary Miller. The chancellor of University of North Carolina Wilmington was tapped to head the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, UNCW officials announced Monday.

The news appeared soon afterward on the UW-Green Bay website.

Miller will resign from his current post effective July 31 and assume his new chancellorship on Aug. 1, the news release stated.

Miller will succeed UW-Green Bay's chancellor Thomas K. Harden, who announced in December that he intended to step down as the university's top administrator in August, according to the website, which stated that Harden has been chancellor of the regional campus since June 1, 2009. Miller will be UW-Green Bay's sixth chancellor.

Miller, chancellor at UNCW since July 2011, has been a candidate for the top post at three universities in the past couple of months. He was one of three finalists for the president of Youngstown State University in Ohio, one of three finalists for president of SUNY Buffalo State and one of five at UW-Green Bay.

Youngstown State chose former Ohio State University football coach-turned Akron State University administrator Jim Tressel to head the institution, while SUNY Buffalo State announced Friday that SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher would recommend Katherine Conway-Turner, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Hood College, for the top job there.

Miller withdrew his name from consideration for the Buffalo State job last week, before Zimpher’s decision was announced, said UNCW spokeswoman Janine Iamunno.

In an email message to the UNCW community, Miller spoke about the current "great transition in American higher education."

"This transition goes well beyond state divestment, which we have experienced for more than a decade," Miller wrote. "It also includes a disquieting skepticism of some of the most enduring values of the American Academy: academic freedom, the deep reflection and civil discourse of all ideas, the power of diversity and inclusion, an embrace of science and the fundamental commitment to the deep commonwealth value of colleges and universities in the communities in which they reside."

"To secure and sustain these essential values requires great vigilance and strength of character," he continued. "I am honored to have the chance to continue this important work at UW-Green Bay. I encourage each of you to continue your efforts to strengthen the public commitment to higher education and to preserve one of the world’s great engines of enlightenment and prosperity: the University of North Carolina."

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