JUNE 2016

Virginia Wesleyan College held its 47th Commencement Ceremony May 14 in the Jane P. Batten Convocation Center. The College recognized keynote speaker Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director of the Peace Corps, and Virginia Wesleyan Trustee Emeritus George Y. Birdsong, CEO and General Counsel for the Birdsong Corporation, with honorary doctoral degrees. Pictured here (from left) are myself, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, George Birdsong, and Timothy O'Rourke, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the College.  More 
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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 25th 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
June 2016

A daily blog by Dr. Scott D. Miller

The Virginian-Pilot and The Huffington Post  The importance of speaking up (December 2015)

Inside Higher Ed 
Column by Dr. Scott D. Miller 
Surviving a Presidential Transition (February 2016) 

The Huffington Post
By Dr. Scott D. Miller
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
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)

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

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News and Noteworthy
Graduates Go Boldly: VWC's 47th Commencement Ceremony
Wansink Selected for Interfaith Understanding Seminar
College Honors Top Students on President's List for Spring 2016
Publisher's Desk: Leslie Caughell's "Political Battle of the Sexes"
Evan Cox '18 Takes Home NCAA Division III Individual Title in Golf
Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant Supports Summer Biology Course for Chesapeake High School Students
Young Philanthropists Summit Held at Virginia Wesleyan May 20
Bayside Health Sciences Academy Students Visit VWC May 19
Mavis McKenley '11 Chosen as Next Alumni Council Chair
2016 INTEL Faculty Grants Announced
Batten Professors Selected for 2016-2019
From Chrysler to Curator: Public History Internship is Dream Come True
Robert C. Nusbaum Named Founding Fellow of CSRF
Education at Sea with Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
VWC, EVMS Sign Admission Agreement
The Birdsong Initiative: Technology and the Human Touch
Wesleyan Welcomes VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads
YMCA Joint-Use Facility Coming to Campus in May 2017
College to Host 12th Annual Kids Fundango Festival
Social Work Students Study at Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning

College Events: Summer 2016
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May 23-August 12 - Summer Session
June 4 - Eggleston OK5K
June 24 & 27 - New Student Orientation
July 25-30 - 2016 Worship & Music Summer Conference
August 10 - Wesleyan Wednesday
August 29 - Fall 2016 Semester Begins
Notable Meetings: June 2016
June 2 - Norfolk Premium Outlets Groundbreaking Ceremony
June 6-7 - ASI/AALI Board of Directors Meeting
June 7 - GNC Board of Directors Annual Meeting
June 10 - Norfolk Harborfest Mayor's Reception
June 15 - Downtown Norfolk Council 2016 Annual Meeting
June 17 - Senator's Virginia Energy Policy Forum
June 18 - Virginia United Methodist Church Annual Conference
June 23 - Reinvent Hampton Roads Industry Cluster Analysis Briefing 

Virginia Wesleyan College takes special pride in offering an affordable, accessible and excellent education. With your support of The Excellence Fund, we're able to provide our students with all of the experiences that make a liberal arts education valuable and unique. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift by June 30--the close of the current fiscal year--at Together, we can create a dynamic future for Virginia Wesleyan College.