Miller outlines vision for NDSU

NDSU presidential candidate Gary L. Miller discussed a sweeping vision for the institution during his open forum April 30 in Festival Concert Hall. Miller, provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University, is the second of four candidates to visit campus.

During his open forum, Miller called NDSU a "fabulous institution" that is "already in a leadership role."

Miller said NDSU’s long-term vision must be a universitywide, self-reflective process involving all its constituents. He described a vision is a short narrative that embodies the values of an institution, embraces a bright future and empowers action.

He said his vision for NDSU is based on the principals of "North Dakota first," "Discover, Engage and Serve" and "Lead, Partner and Innovate." Using those ideas, Miller described NDSU as "a global university, serving North Dakota with a commitment to entrepreneurship, innovation, partnership and service."

Miller told an audience of about 185 people, "We’ve got to take leadership in the areas where we are good at. We have to be a national model."

He suggested that partnerships are important element of progress. "Our partnerships will be innovative and entrepreneurial, and they will get us to a place where North Dakota State University is a leader in developing and exploring entrepreneurial partnerships for learning, engagement, service and economic development for the good of North Dakota and the world," he said.

Prior to coming to the Wichita State University, Miller was dean of arts and sciences and a professor of biology at the University of the Pacific (2002-06). He previously was chair of the biology department at the University of Mississippi (1995-2002), and was on the faculty at Weber State University and Mississippi State University.

Miller earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in biology at the College of William and Mary. He earned his doctorate in biological sciences at Mississippi State University.

His vita lists a variety of organizations and activities, including the Committee on Faculty with the Council of Chief Academic Officers of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, Wichita Unified School District’s Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee, board of directors for the Kansas Council on Economic Education, United Way of the Plains campaign cabinet and University Press of Kansas board of directors.

Two other candidates are scheduled to hold open forums, which are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Festival Concert Hall. ?William Ruud, president at Shippensburg University, is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, and ?John Gardner, vice president for economic development and global engagement at Washington State University, is set for Friday, May 7. Dean L. Bresciani, former vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M, was the first candidate to visit NDSU.

The NDSU Presidential Search Committee is scheduled to meet May 13 to select finalists to forward to the State Board of Higher Education. The committee has been charged with providing the board at least three unranked candidates for consideration. Board members are scheduled to interview finalists on May 24.

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