Texas Tech Announces New Interim Dean of Graduate School
October 29, 2010
Peggy Gordon Miller will become the interim dean of the Graduate School Nov. 1.
Officials at Texas Tech University announced that Peggy Gordon Miller will become
the interim dean of the Graduate School Nov. 1.
“We are absolutely delighted that Dr. Miller has accepted our offer to serve as interim
dean of the Graduate School,” said Provost Bob Smith. “Dr. Miller brings a wealth
of experience and national perspective to the Graduate School at a time when graduate
education is at the core of major initiatives of our strategic plan and the university’s
goal of becoming a Tier One national research university.”
Miller is a member of the Registry for College and University Presidents, a nonprofit
organization which engages former university presidents interested in service in interim
leadership roles. She will not be a candidate for the permanent dean’s position.
“I am just delighted to join a team that has made such terrific progress toward Tier
One status, and I look forward to creating strategies that will assure we will reach
that goal,” Miller said. “My ideas for doing so include fostering the development
of new graduate degrees in cutting-edge fields and recruiting more of the top intellectual
talent in the nation.”
Miller served as president of South Dakota State University from 1998 to 2006. The
university serves more than 10,000 students, has a budget of more than $150 million
and participates in Division I athletics. She also served as the president of the
University of Akron from 1992 to 1996, and chancellor of Indiana University Northwest
from 1984 to 1992.
In 1997, she served as acting vice president for academic and international programs
at the American Association of State College and Universities in Washington, D.C.
Some of Miller’s accomplishments include the NAACP Golden Heritage Award, the Charles
G. Herbick Chair in Leadership at the University of Akron and the ORG Ohio Woman of
the Year for Lifetime Achievement in Education. She was also a fellow in academic
administration with the American Council on Education, and listed in Men and Women
of Distinction, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Women.
She was named a distinguished alumna by Indiana University and Northwestern University
and holds three honorary degrees.
Miller has served on numerous boards of directors for public and private entities
and worked with economic development groups in three states.
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