Dr. Scott D. Miller is the President of Virginia Wesleyan University, a nationally-ranked institution of liberal arts and sciences situated in the heart of Virginia Beach. With over three decades of presidential experience, Dr. Miller has emerged as one of the nation's foremost leaders in the realm of liberal arts colleges.
With a remarkable higher education career spanning more than 40 years, Dr. Miller's journey is one marked by transformative leadership and unwavering dedication. His visionary prowess has guided four colleges and universities to unprecedented heights, a testament to his enduring commitment to education.
Before his tenure at Virginia Wesleyan, Dr. Miller served as President of Bethany College from 2007 to 2015, Wesley College from 1997 to 2007, and Lincoln Memorial University from 1991 to 1997. A journalist by trade, his journey in academia began as he assumed pivotal roles such as Executive Vice President and Vice President for Development at Lincoln Memorial University. Earlier in his career, he was director of college relations and alumni affairs at Rio Grande College (now University) in Ohio.
Recognized by prominent publications and authors, Dr. Miller’s transformative leadership style has been a subject of study and admiration. He was prominently featured in The Entrepreneurial College President, acclaimed as one of the 17 most entrepreneurial presidents in American higher education. This recognition echoes in his inclusion in The Power List, an annual Inside Business feature highlighting key influencers shaping the Hampton Roads/Coastal Virginia region.
He holds a B.A. in Communications from West Virginia Wesleyan College, an M.A. from the University of Dayton, an Ed.S. from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from The Union Institute and University.
A prolific author, his works span various domains, with a particular focus on higher education's dynamic landscape. His inclusion in seminal books like The Small College Guide to Financial Health; Born, Not Made: The Entrepreneurial Personality; and The First 120 Days: What a New College President Must Do to Succeed underscores his multifaceted expertise.
Beyond the written word, Dr. Miller's influence thrives in his role as an educator and mentor. He is a coveted speaker, guiding audiences through the intricate terrain of higher education, from financial sustainability to presidential performance. His voice reverberates through columns in publications like The Virginian-Pilot, The Huffington Post, College Planning and Management, and Enrollment Manager. His wide-reaching impact extends to his daily blog, Dialogue, and his social media channels.
Collaboration has been the cornerstone of Dr. Miller's intellectual journey. His partnership with the late Dr. Marylouise Fennell, his longstanding co-editor, yielded a remarkable 21 books, eight monographs, and 167 columns. His literary contributions encompass approximately 250 articles in esteemed journals, a testament to his ceaseless dedication to intellectual exploration.
For two decades, Dr. Miller has presided as the executive editor of Presidential Perspectives and President to President, a groundbreaking online thought leadership series. His stewardship has solidified these platforms as bastions of insightful discourse and innovation within higher education.
Dr. Scott D. Miller's indelible mark on higher education continues to flourish. With a rare blend of visionary leadership, intellectual acumen, and unrelenting dedication, he not only shapes the trajectory of institutions but also fosters an enduring legacy of thought leadership in the realm of academia.