UNCW names a new chancellor

Staff writerMay 3, 2011 

UNC Wilmington has a new leader.

He is Gary L. Miller, who since 2006 has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University.

He was named chancellor at UNCW Tuesday by the UNC system's Board of Governors.

Miller, 57, starts work no later than July 1, succeeding Rosemary DePaolo, who is retiring after an eight-year tenure.

One of three research universities in the Kansas Board of Regents System, Wichita State University is an urban doctoral research university enrolling approximately 14,500 students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels.

From a UNCW press release: As provost and vice president for academic affairs and research, Miller is WSU’s chief academic and research officer. In that role, he has been responsible for the overall vision, mission, and operations of all undergraduate and graduate academic programs on WSU’s main and satellite campuses, as well as providing leadership for academic support, research, strategic planning, outreach programs, and international programs.

Last year, Miller was a finalist for the presidency of Binghamton University.

A native of Dayton, Va., Miller graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in anthropology. After completing a master’s degree in biology (1979) at William and Mary, he earned his doctorate in biological sciences from Mississippi State University in 1982. He also has attended programs in educational leadership at Harvard University and Yale University.

Miller began his academic career in 1983 as an assistant professor of entomology at Mississippi State and two years later joined the faculty of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

In 1989, he began a 14-year tenure at the University of Mississippi, where he rose through the academic ranks and served for seven years as chair of the Department of Biology. In 2002, he was recruited to serve as dean of arts and sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., where he was helped expand in expand programs in the sciences, organize a full revision of the general education program, and increase enrollment.

He left California in 2006 to join WSU as provost and vice president for academic affairs and research.

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