Two of Virginia Wesleyan's most devoted friends, Susan and David Goode (center), were honored as Outstanding Philanthropists Nov. 15 during a luncheon sponsored by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. As part of the presentation, a special video was prepared in tribute to the Goodes' wonderful record of philanthropy for numerous organizations and causes in our region. Highlighted was their strong commitment to Virginia Wesleyan; Susan remains an active member of the VWC Board of Trustees, and in August we announced the establishment of the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities. The video, produced by Tom Redmond with cinematography by Phil Wright, can be viewed here in its entirety. We extend our warmest congratulations and gratitude to David and Susan for their award in philanthropy and their continuing investment in the success of Virginia Wesleyan College. Also pictured is Travis Malone (right), Dean of the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities 
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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
December 2016

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
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 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
College Welcomes New Members to Board of Trustees
Marlin Magazine: The Power of Philanthropy
VWC Establishes Partnership with Tidewater Community Academy
President Miller Serves as Keynote Panelist at VACRAO Conference
Alex McComb '17 Selected a Schwarzman Scholar
Clarke Heritage Society Event Recognizes Special Friends
College to Hold Inaugural Port Day December 6
VWC Formalizes Agreement with Thomas Nelson Community College
Marlin Prestige Business Conference Promotes "A Networking Experience"
Faculty-led Trip to China an Interdisciplinary Global Experience
The Power of Philanthropy: Honoring Nanci Zigler's Legacy
New Batten Honors College Names Director of Enrollment
VWC Professor Selected to Receive VFIC Instructional Technology Award
Virginia Wesleyan Baseball Field Named in Honor of Kenneth R. Perry
Mike Ginder to Lead Wesleyan's New Swimming Program
VWC Grounds Again Recognized Nationally
Devoted Arts Advocates David and Susan Goode Named Outstanding Philanthropists
Establishment of Batten Honors College Leads Major Changes to Wesleyan's Academic Program
Wherefore Art Thou, Wesleyan? Fall Arts at VWC
Princeton Review selects VWC for "The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition"
Mike White '81 joins VWC Board of Trustees
President Miller to Serve on Virginia Beach Vision Board of Directors

College Events

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Dec. 6 - Port Day
Dec. 9-16 - Final Examinations
Dec. 9 - Food for Thought: Soup on Friday Celebration, Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Clarke Hall, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dec. 9 - Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Behind Godwin Hall, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 - December Graduates' Recognition Ceremony and Reception, Jane P. Batten Student Center
Dec. 12 - Reading Day
Dec. 18 - Girls on the Run Hampton Roads 5K, VWC Campus, 1-5 p.m.
Notable Meetings
Dec. 1 - VACRAO Annual Conference, Newport News
Dec. 1 - Faculty Dinner
Dec. 2 - ADP Norfolk Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Dec. 3-5 - SACSCOC Annual Conference and President's Day, Atlanta
Dec. 7 - Faculty Roundtable
Dec. 8 - Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
Dec. 8 - Virginia Wesleyan / YMCA Partnership Facility Groundbreaking
Dec. 11 - Alumni Gathering at the home of Steve Weddle '91
Dec. 12 - Virginia Beach Vision Board Meeting
Dec. 13 - Reinvent Hampton Roads Economic Call to Action
Dec. 14 - President's Cabinet Meeting
Dec. 14 - Virginia Tidewater Consortium Board Meeting
Dec. 14 - Staff Roundtable
Dec. 20 - President's Cabinet Meeting
Dec. 20 - Meeting of the Athletics Management Council