JULY 2017

I'm proud to share that Virginia Wesleyan has expanded its academic program to include an online Master of Business Administration, a traditional Master of Arts in Education (2017-18), and online degree-completion programs at the undergraduate level. The addition of these programs marks a pivotal moment in the history of Virginia Wesleyan University and underscores our reputation and competitiveness as Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Learn more about our online programs and request information at
Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Phone: 757.455.3215
Fax: 757.455.3139

Dr. Scott D. Miller is president of Virginia
Wesleyan University. Respected as one of the most entrepreneurial higher education executives in America, he is in his 27th year as a university 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
July 2017

A daily blog by Dr. Scott D. Miller

Papers & Publications
By Dr. Scott D. Miller
Getting on Board: How Presidents and Trustees Can Build Successful Strategies
(Trusteeship Magazine, May/June 2017) 

The Virginian-Pilot and HuffPost 
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
Strategic Succession Planning (April 2017)
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 10: Pathways to Success: Easing the Transition to Four-Year Universities with Comprehensive Guidance and Institutional Support
Chapter 9: Taking Action to Overcome Institutional Betrayal on College Campuses
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
Construction Begins on New Track and Field Complex
Welcome Aboard: New Student Orientation June 2017
Virginia Private College Week: July 24-29
Sentara Medical Group to Provide Care for VWU Students
Marlins Read Community Program Receives Literacy Award
Summer Session Students Explore Sustainability in Alaska
Virginia Wesleyan Softball Wins NCAA Division III National Championship
Virginia Wesleyan Class of 2017: Big Fish Entering the Big Sea
President Miller Featured in May 2017 Virginia Business
VWU Residence Facility Named for Vince and Suzanne Mastracco
Wesleyan Names New VP for Finance and Administration
Retiring Virginia Wesleyan Faculty Honored
Virginia Wesleyan Announces Transition to University Status
Summer Session at Virginia Wesleyan
Professor Eric Mazur Awarded Mednick Fellowship
Tech on Deck at Virginia Wesleyan
Opus Summer Work Program for Students Announced
Business Conference Explores Pathway to Success
President Miller Meets with Mexican University Leaders in Guadalajara
First Corporate Leaders Council Held, Joe Ruddy '83 Speaker
Virginia Wesleyan Designated a Voter Friendly Campus
Virginia Wesleyan Hosts 2017 Model NATO Challenge
VWU Learning Center Debuts New Speech Lab
Virginia Wesleyan Recognized as a "River Star Business"

University Events

Visit for additional details and most current information
Visit for athletics camps and summer activities
May 23-August 16 - Summer Session More
June 19-August 9 - Marlin Summer Sports Camps More
June 19-August 25 - YMCA Camp Red Feather More
June 19-July 14 Spotlight Theatre Camp More
July 24-27 - Sacred Music Summer Conference More
July 24-29 - Virginia Private College Week More
July 27 - Cheers With Champs: Richmond Alumni Gathering More
August 16 - Wesleyan Wednesday More
August 22 - 2017 State of the University Address Watch Live
August 28 - Fall Semester Begins
September 7 - Founders Day, featuring Dedication of the Batten Honors College and Greer Environmental Sciences Center, Wesleyan EcoFestival
October 6-8 - Homecoming and Family Weekend More 

Presidential Events
President Miller travels the country sharing his vision for the University and greeting Virginia Wesleyan alumni, friends, and partners of the institution. For additional details, visit the Presidential Events webpage