Through the generosity of a private donor, a new joint-use facility for Virginia Wesleyan College and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads will be constructed on campus. I am pictured above with William H. "Billy" George, President and CEO of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads and a Virginia Wesleyan College Trustee. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the new building in December, and construction is expected to be completed by summer. More
Virginia Wesleyan College
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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
January 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 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 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
Virginia Wesleyan President, Regional Economists See 2017 as Catch Up Year
VWC Approved to Offer Graduate and Online Programs
Virginia Wesleyan Named a River Star Business
VWC and YMCA of South Hampton Roads Break Ground for New Facility
Virginia Wesleyan Announces Ninth Class for Athletic Hall of Fame
Expanding NATO-ACT Partnership Enhances VWC's Role in the Global Community
Professor Craig Wansink Selected to Receive Humanitarian Award
VWC Joins 170 Institutions in Urging Support on Climate Action
Nine Students Inducted Into Society for Collegiate Journalists
New Batten Center Mural a Historic Selfie
Grand Opening for Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning
Capstone Student Experiences Focus of Inaugural Port Day
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
VWC Formalizes Agreement with Thomas Nelson Community College

College Events

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Jan. 2 - Women's Basketball vs. NC Wesleyan, 6 p.m.
Jan. 4 - Women's Basketball vs. Shenandoah, 7 p.m.
Jan. 4-26 - Winter Session
Jan. 6 - Women's Basketball vs. Guilford, 3 p.m.
Jan. 6 - Men's Basketball vs. Washington & Lee, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 - Seth Swingle: Appalachian Old Time Music Series, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 - The Easy Winners: Appalachian Old Time Music Series, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 - Women's Basketball vs. Hollins, 2 p.m.
Jan. 14 - Men's Basketball vs. Lynchburg, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 - Women's Basketball vs. Stevenson, 6 p.m.
Jan. 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, "I Have a Dream for My Family," Heritage United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Jan. 18 - Joseph Decosimo: Appalachian Old Time Music Series, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 - Sunny Mountain Serenaders: Appalachian Old Time Music Series, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 - Women's Basketball vs. Roanoke, 2 p.m.
Jan. 25 - Women's Basketball vs. Lynchburg, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 - Men's Basketball vs. Randolph-Macon, 8 p.m.
Jan. 27 - New Student Orientation
Jan. 30 - Classes begin for Spring 2017 Semester
Notable Meetings
Jan. 3 - President's Cabinet 
Jan. 4-7 - Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Presidents Institute
Jan.  6 - National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church (NASCUMC)
Jan. 7 - Academic Search, Inc. (ASI)  & American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) Board of Directors 
Jan. 10 - President's Cabinet
Jan. 10 - President's Leadership Council
Jan. 12 - Greater Norfolk Corporation Board of Directors
Jan. 12 - United Methodist Men of the Elizabeth River District Winter Banquet (Dr. Miller keynote speaker)
Jan. 16 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Leaders Breakfast
Jan. 16 - President's Cabinet Meeting
Jan. 17 - Virginia General Assembly
Jan. 18 - Hampton Roads Chamber Education Series  
Jan. 19-21 - NCAA Convention (Presidents Agenda)
Jan. 24 - President's Cabinet 
Jan. 24 - Winter Session Student Reception
Jan. 26 - Boyd Institute Advisory Committee
Jan. 29-30 - NASCUMC Board of Directors 
Jan. 29-Feb. 1 - National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day 
Jan. 31 - Congressional Independent College Caucus

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