APRIL 2017

I hosted a large gathering of faculty and staff on campus this week to share important updates about the future of our institution. After much careful thought and discussion, and following an extensive review and approval process, I am pleased to share that our Virginia Wesleyan College has been authorized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to become Virginia Wesleyan University. The transition process will begin right away and our new name will take effect with the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. This adjustment in who we are has been natural outgrowth of the inevitable changes in our stature and standing as a higher education institution of quality, dignity, and destiny. Please join us in celebrating how far we have come and, even more important, where we will go as "Coastal Virginia's Premier University of the Liberal Arts and Sciences." Read More 
Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502

Phone: 757.455.3215
Fax: 757.455.3139

Dr. Scott D. Miller is president of Virginia
Wesleyan College. Respected as one of the most entrepreneurial higher education executives in America, he is in his 26th year as a college president. Dr. Miller has dedicated his career to the opportunities available through education. He especially values the small, classical, liberal arts college environment that offers students personalized pathways to life and career success. Previously, he was president of Bethany College (2007-2015), Wesley College (1997-2007), and Lincoln Memorial University (1991-1997). He was also Executive Vice President (1988-1991) and Vice President for Development (1984-1988) at Lincoln Memorial University and Director of College Relations and Alumni Affairs at Rio Grande College (now University) in Ohio. More
The President's Letter
April 2017

A daily blog by Dr. Scott D. Miller

Papers & Publications
By Dr. Scott D. Miller 

The Virginian-Pilot and The Huffington Post  The importance of speaking up (December 2015)
A College President's Christmas List, 2015 (December 2015)
Climbing Walls and Talking Turkey: A Holiday Conversation About College (November 2015)
Unpacking the Briefcase for a New Presidency (August 2015)
My Postscript to the Class of 2015 (June 2015)
Global Challenges Drive Need for International Awareness (March 2015)
Is Hand-Held Literacy Enough? (March 2015)

College Planning & Management
By Dr. Scott D. Miller & Dr. Marylouise Fennell
The Value of Institutional Reviews (January 2017)
The Successful Presidential Search (December 2016)
Starting on Sound Footing (August 2016)
Presidential Transitions (April 2016)
Enrollment Growth Strategies (January 2016)
Adding Athletics to Boost Enrollment (September 2015)
Budgeting for Today's Institutions (May 2015)
Budgeting for New Demographics (March 2015)
The Student as Consumer (January 2015)

Enrollment Manager
Enrollment Growth Strategies for New Realities (July 2015)
Developing a Social Media Strategy (April 2015)

President to President: Integrated Approaches to Student Living and Campus Housing--Enhancing Quality of Life and Performance  
Edited by Dr. Scott D. Miller & Dr. Marylouise Fennell
Chapter 8: The Commons Concept: Building Dynamic Living and Learning Environments through Integrated Design
Chapter 7: Pathways for Success: From Pre-College to Campus Life
Chapter 6: The Inclusive Campus: Leading from Within
Chapter 5: Lessons in Leadership: How a Silent Student Protest Inculcated University Values
Chapter 4: The StepUP Program at Augsburg: Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction on a University Campus
Chapter 3: After Katrina: Rebuilding a Residence Life Program
Chapter 2: The Role of the University in Promoting Community Resiliency
Chapter 1: Designing for Integrative Learning
2016-17 Series Foreword

Presidential Perspectives: Innovative Concepts to Achieve Campus Transformation 
Edited by Dr. Scott D. Miller & Dr. Marylouise Fennell
Chapter 10: Cuts Are Not the Solution: Leveraging Your Extracurriculars and Co-Curriculars to Stabilize Tuition Revenues
Chapter 9: Convene, Cooperate, and Collaborate
Chapter 8: Culture Trumps Strategy; Culture Defines the Strategy
Chapter 7: Campus Transformation through Physical Transformation
Chapter 6: Critical Doing
Chapter 5: "Education's End" and the Spirit of Philanthropy
Chapter 4: Transformation Through Active Engagement
Chapter 3: What is Lost: The Error of Reducing Complex Higher Education Processes to Metrics and Singular Narratives
Chapter 2: Managing the College Investment and Measuring Its Return
Chapter 1: Strategy
View an archive of all 10 volumes at

News and Noteworthy
A Big Weekend Planned at Virginia Wesleyan April 7-8
Summer Session at Virginia Wesleyan College
President Miller Meets with Mexican University Leaders in Guadalajara
VWC Alumna to Serve as Speaker for 2017 Baccalaureate Service
First Corporate Leaders Council Held, Joe Ruddy '83 Speaker
VWC Receives Reaffirmation of Affiliation with The United Methodist Church
Virginia Wesleyan Designated a Voter Friendly Campus
Center for the Study of Religious Freedom Hosts Justine L. Nusbaum Visiting Lecturer
Empty Bowls Fundraiser Supports the Fight to End Hunger
Ethics & U.S. Presidential Politics Deliberated at 2017 Ethics Bowl
Virginia Wesleyan Hosts 2017 Model NATO Challenge
Freshmen Inducted into the Nation's Oldest and Largest Honor Society
VWC Faculty Participate in Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech
VWC Learning Center Debuts New Speech Lab
President Miller Joins Higher Education Leaders to Oppose Travel Ban
Ben Witherington III to be Featured Speaker at Boyd Institute
Naming of Campus Villages
VWC Partners With The Learning House to Market New Online Programs
VWC Recognized as a "River Star Business"
Spring into the Arts at VWC
Virginia Wesleyan Approved to Offer Graduate and Online Programs
VWC and YMCA of South Hampton Roads Break Ground for New Facility
VWC Joins 170 Institutions in Urging Support on Climate Action
College Welcomes New Members to Board of Trustees
VWC Formalizes Agreement with Thomas Nelson Community College

College Events

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April 7-8 - Spring Alumni Weekend
April 8 - VWC Day Open House
April 8 - Marlins Make a Difference Day
April 8 - 35th Annual Seafood Party in the Dell
April 10 - Duo Vela
April 11 - A Visit from Matthew Baldiga, American Conservatory Theater
April 13 - Life Matters: Dr. Timothy O'Rourke
April 20 - Muslim Women and Stories of Life in America
April 24-28 - Marlin Prestige Business Conference
April 24 - NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue: Lynnhaven River Pearl Faith
April 25 - Talk about Teaching: Shedding Light on Community Engagement in the Classroom
April 25 - Red Priest
April 27 - The Origins of Modern Yoga: Scholar Sam Grimes
Presidential Events
President Miller travels the country sharing his vision for the College and greeting Virginia Wesleyan College alumni, friends, and partners of the institution. For additional details, visit the Presidential Events webpage