President Miller Elected to NASCUMC Board of Directors

07-29-2015

Recognized as a national leader in church-related higher education, Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Virginia Wesleyan College, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church (NASCUMC). He was elected to a three-year term on the 18-member Board at the NASCUMC Annual Meeting this week at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. The 119 schools, colleges and universities in the United States recognized by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church are members of NASCUMC, based in Nashville. "It is an honor to once again be selected to the NASCUMC Board of Directors," said Dr. Miller, who served two earlier terms on the NASCUMC Board as President of Wesley College. "I look forward to celebrating the rich heritage of the United Methodist Church in higher education by partnering with those who share our mission.” Dr. Miller is not new to leadership positions in church-related higher education. A graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, he served for more than 10 years as president of Wesley College in Delaware, a United Methodist Church-affiliated institution. In that capacity he managed a wide variety of responsibilities including the founding of Hope United Methodist Church and the initiator of an affiliated agreement for Wesley's operation of UMC historic landmark Barratt's Chapel and Museum just south of Dover. Built in 1780, Barratt's is the oldest surviving church building in the United States built by and for Methodists. Before arriving at Wesleyan, Dr. Miller served eight years as President of Bethany College in West Virginia. The oldest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) college, Bethany houses an extensive archive of the denomination's founder Alexander Campbell. The Campbell Mansion, Campbell’s home and a registered National Historic Landmark, is a prominent site in the Town of Bethany and serves as the focal point of a wide variety of national tour group visits throughout the year. Bethany’s Buffalo Seminary prepares future church leaders and provides continuing education opportunities to strengthen lay, licensed and ordained ministry efforts alike. This is accomplished through a variety of outreach activities, including short-term workshops and events such as the annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures. Prior to departing Bethany, he negotiated the relocation of the Christian Church Historical Society collection from Nashville, Tennesee to Bethany. Dr. Miller served four years as Chair of The Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is credited with creating a new cohesive organizational model, a new branding and enrollment model for TCUCC, and furthering the connection between colleges and universities and seminaries and theological schools. More