Paul A. Miller
|Paul A. Miller|
|6th President of the Rochester Institute of Technology|
|Preceded by||Mark W. Ellingson|
|Succeeded by||M. Richard Rose|
|Born||Paul Ausborn Miller
March 22, 1917
East Liverpool, Ohio
|Died||June 5, 2015
|Children||Thomas A. Miller
Paula Miller Nolan
|Parents||Harry Ausborn Miller
Mamie Elizabeth Stewart
|Alma mater||West Virginia University
Michigan State University
Paul Ausborn Miller (March 22, 1917 – June 5, 2015) was the 6th president of the Rochester Institute of Technology, succeeding Mark W. Ellingson, from 1969–1979. He oversaw the completion of the move of the campus to Henrietta and the steady growth of RIT between 1969 and 1981.
Miller spent most of his childhood on a small family farm in West Virginia. His father ran the farm part time and made ends meet with factory work. As a boy, he participated in 4-H. As a young man, Miller attended Bethany College and then moved to West Virginia University from which he received an agricultural degree in 1939. Miller's first job was as an agent at the agricultural extensions for Ritchie and Nicholas Counties. In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps as a navigator.
Miller married Catherine Spiker and raised a son and a daughter. He later married social science professor Francena Lounsbery.
After the war, he studied for a doctorate in anthropology and sociology at Michigan State College. After graduating in 1953, Miller began as a professor of Sociology at Michigan State, becoming director of their Cooperative Extension and eventually provost. He moved back to West Virginia to assume the presidency of West Virginia University in 1962 where he promoted the university's agricultural extension. In 1966, Lyndon Johnson appointed him the first assistant secretary for education in the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare where he was responsible for making the arrangements for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf to start operations.:270
In 1969, he became president of the Rochester Institute of Technology which had moved from its old campus in downtown Rochester, New York to a much larger campus on a former farm in the suburb of Henrietta, New York. Miller inherited a nearly 12% budget deficit, the result of declining enrollment, higher attrition, and higher costs for the new campus which resulted in several years of austerity.:271 Miller implemented zero-based budgeting, forecasting of student enrollment, and made the dormitories co-ed. Additionally, Miller quelled student demonstrations in the wake of the Kent State shootings:277–279 and oversaw precautions taken to defend against the flooding of Hurricane Agnes.:286 Miller attempted to overcome persistent vandalism of the dormitories:284 by staying in them with the students:274 and later instituting a carrot-and-stick repair or improve budget for each dorm.:314 Miller improved faculty compensation:288 and student representation in the Institute equivalent of the faculty senate.:289 Miller hired RIT's first provost, Todd Bullard, in 1970.:301
After stepping down from the presidency in 1979, Miller served in a number of volunteer and civic roles including heading the advisory committee of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, worked to form Greater Rochester Fights Back, an anti-drug advocacy group, and served on the board of trustees of both Nazareth College and Monroe Savings Bank. He was briefly a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Buffalo Branch.
After retiring from RIT, he taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri. He funded the Paul A. Miller Professorship in Adult and Continuing Adult Education at RIT after retiring and the Paul A. and Francena L. Miller Presidential Scholarship at WVU in 2006. He moved to Montrose, Colorado in 2011.
- Miller, Paul A.; Beegle, J. Allan (1947). The Farm People of Livingston County, Michigan. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State College Press. OCLC 6122526.
- Miller, Paul A. (1953). Community Health Action. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State College Press. OCLC 16766011.
- Miller, Paul A.; Gass, Gertrude Z.; Senders, Virginia L. (1967). The University in Motion: The Status of Women. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. OCLC 32815857.
- Miller, Paul A. (2014). Bridging Campus and Community: Events, Excerpts, and Expectations for Strengthening America's Collaborative Competence. ISBN 9781500384746. OCLC 902681373.
- "Retired RIT President Paul Miller dies at 98". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. 2015-06-06. ISSN 1088-5153. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
- "Former university president Paul Miller dies at 98". The Washington Times. Washington, D.C. 2015-06-08. ISSN 0732-8494. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
- "Miller, WVU president in the '60s, dies at 98". The Charleston Gazette. Charleston, West Virginia. 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
- "WVU's 15th President, Paul Miller, Passed Away June 5". Weston, West Virginia: WDTV. 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
- Gordon, Dane R. (2007). Rochester Institute of Technology: Industrial Development and Educational Innovation in an American City, 1829-2006 (2 ed.). Henrietta, New York: RIT Press. ISBN 9781933360232. OCLC 80360669.
- "RIT remembers President Emeritus Paul Miller". Henrietta, New York: Rochester Institute of Technology. 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
- "Former RIT president Miller dies". Rochester Business Journal. Rochester, New York. 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
- "WVU announces death of former president Miller". http://wvmetronews.com/. Morgantown, West Virginia: West Virginia MetroNews. 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2015-12-30. External link in
- RIT Archives' collection on Paul A. Miller
- "RIT's presidential history", by Michael Saffran; Number 11, Volume 39, March 2007 issue of RIT News & Events
Elvis Jacob Stahr, Jr.
|President of West Virginia University
James Gindling Harlow
Mark W. Ellingson
|President of the Rochester Institute of Technology
M. Richard Rose