Colleges' trustee Richard P. Miller Jr., vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the State University of New York, was unanimously endorsed to become president of Hartwick College on May 2 by the Oneonta college's 11-member board of trustees. Miller says he will work to bring the school, which has been recently plagued by fiscal woes, back into a state of “financial equilibrium.” The story “Miller looks to improve finances” was in the May 3 Oneonta, N.Y., Daily Star.
A graduate of Middlebury College, Miller was senior vice president and chief operating officer at the University of Rochester from 1986 to 2000. He now serves as a trustee for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
The press release from Hartwick College is below:
Richard P. Miller, Jr. Named Ninth President of Hartwick College
May 02, 2003 – Presidency to begin July 1, 2003
Miller, the current vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the State University of New York, received the unanimous endorsement of the Hartwick College Board of Trustees today.
As vice chancellor and COO of SUNY, Miller is responsible for the day-to-day administration of SUNY’s System Administration, including legal, finance, audit, hospital management, information management, personnel, safety and security, university life, enrollment management, and capital programs. The SUNY system comprises 64 campuses.
The announcement was made by Hartwick Board Chairman Robert S. Hanft of Ridgewood, NJ. “We are very pleased that Dick Miller has agreed to serve as Hartwick’s ninth president. His broad experience in higher education, at the most senior level of the state system, as well as at a
respected private university, give him a breadth of knowledge that will allow him to immediately work with all of Hartwick’s constituents to assess what needs to be done to advance the College.”
Trustee Edward Mettelman of Pelham Manor was chairman of the presidential search committee. “Committee members agreed from the beginning that Dick Miller was an outstanding candidate for the Hartwick presidency,” Mettelman said, “and the strong impression he made during his campus visit confirmed our opinion.” Mettelman praised the search committee’s work “on a very tight timeline. The committee worked long hours to meet the deadline, and they managed to identify who we feel is the best possible candidate for what Hartwick needs today in a leader.”
Prior to his current position, Miller held a variety of administrative positions at the University of Rochester, a distinguished, small, private research university. He joined Rochester in 1987, and during the next 14 years, was vice president for external affairs and senior counsel to the president and, from 1996-2000, senior vice president and chief operating officer. At the University of Rochester, Miller oversaw administrative functions; solicited and managed relationships with major individual and corporate donors; improved the University relationships with the community of Rochester; and participated in the design and implementation of the Rochester Renaissance – undergraduate enrollment marketing strategies.
Miller’s other business experience includes 15 years in sales and marketing with Case-Hoyt. He joined the firm in 1967 as a sales representative and, by 1982, had risen to president and chief executive officer.
Miller is a 1965 graduate of Middlebury College. He is a trustee of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A Vietnam veteran, he was the recipient of a Bronze Star, Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor.