MARCH 2017

Seventy-one prospective freshmen took part in our inaugural Batten Honors College competition in February. I had the privilege during my latest State of the College Address to introduce the Batten Honors College, which is named for Virginia Wesleyan College Trustee Emerita Jane P. Batten H'06 and her late husband, Frank Batten, Sr. The competition consisted of interviews, campus tours, panel discussions, and special receptions, including a wonderful social at Slover Library in Norfolk (pictured). We were honored to have Mrs. Batten in attendance (far left), pictured here with Dr. David Black, Special Counsel to the President, Joanne Renn, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. Mort Gamble, Senior Vice President, and Dr. Scott Miller, President of Virginia Wesleyan College. 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
March 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 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
Empty Bowls Fundraiser Supports the Fight to End Hunger
Ethics & U.S. Presidential Politics Deliberated at 2017 Ethics Bowl
Virginia Wesleyan to Host 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
Fall 2016 Scholar Athletes Honored
VWC Partners With The Learning House to Market New Online Programs
VWC Alumni: Love is in the Air at Virginia Wesleyan College
Virginia Wesleyan Hosts Final Meeting of C4 Consortium
New York in 3,000 Words or Less: Winter Session Travel Writing students share NYC experiences
VWC Recognized as a "River Star Business"
Virginia Wesleyan wants more students - it's all part of a master plan
Spring into the Arts at VWC
Teri Talk: A Cinderella story - Disney class keeps students animated
VWC President, Regional Economists See 2017 as Catch Up Year
Virginia Wesleyan Approved to Offer Graduate and Online Programs
VWC and YMCA of South Hampton Roads Break Ground for New Facility
Virginia Wesleyan Announces Ninth Class for Athletic Hall of Fame
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
Grand Opening for Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning
College Welcomes New Members to Board of Trustees
VWC Establishes Partnership with Tidewater Community Academy
President Miller Serves as Keynote Panelist at VACRAO Conference
Alex McComb '17 Selected a Schwarzman Scholar
VWC Formalizes Agreement with Thomas Nelson Community College

College Events

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Feb. 9-April 14 - "Innocent Objects" by Luisa Adelfio, Neil Britton Art Gallery
March 2 - Abortion & Faith: Anti-Abortion Reasoning, Effective Communication, 7p.m., Blocker Auditorium
March 7 - Rafia Zakaria: The Truth and the Veil: A Story of Two Cases and Many Contexts, 11 a.m., Blocker Auditorium
March 8-12 - "She Stoops to Conquer" by Oliver Goldsmith Showtimes
March 9 - Lynne Hartnett: From Women's March to Revolution, 11a.m., The Lighthouse/Clarke Hall
March 9 - Defending Life: When Might Faith Justify Violence or Force?, 7p.m., Blocker Auditorium
March 9 - Mix it Up Alumni Gathering, 5 p.m., 2973 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach
March 9 - Sound & Symbol Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Monumental Chapel
March 13 - Challenges of Religious Freedom around the Globe, 7:30 p.m., Boyd Dining Center
March 14 - Talk about Teaching: Higher Education Pedagogy, 11 a.m., Hofheimer Library/Foley Classroom
March 16 - Life Matters: Dr. Kathy Stolley, 12 p.m., Boyd Dining Center
March 16 - Corporate Leaders Council Business Roundtable
March 16 - Challenges of Mediating, Discussing LGBTQ+ Experiences in the Church, 7p.m., Blocker Auditorium
March 17 - Empty Bowls Charity Dinner, 5:30 p.m. More
March 20-24 - Spring Break
March 27 - Traditional Jazz with Jason Squinobal and Kevin Harris, 7:30 p.m., Hofheimer Theater
March 28 - Talk about Teaching: Revealing INTEL Grant Projects, Ideas and Topics on Good Teaching, 11 a.m., Hofheimer Library/Foley Classroom
March 30 - Black Elk, American Visionary: Author Joe Jackson, 11 a.m., The Lighthouse/Clarke Hall
Notable Meetings
March 2 - Greater Norfolk Corporation Board Meeting
March 3 - Chat 'N Chew Staff Lunch
March 3 - Faculty Assembly
March 7 - President's Cabinet Meeting
March 8 - Virginia Beach Vision Meeting
March 9 - VWC Alumni Gathering at Mix It Up
March 11-13 - ACE President's Agenda Day, Washington, D.C.
March 12 - Speaker NAPAHE Conference, Washington D.C.
March 13 - Reception for Ambassador David N. Saperstein
March 14
 - President's Cabinet Meeting
March 14 - President's Leadership Council
March 15 - Hampton Roads Chamber Norfolk Board Meeting 
March 15 - Virginia Beach State of the City
March 16 - Corporate Leaders Council Business Roundtable
March 17- Empty Bowls Charity Dinner
March 20 - Academic Deans' Council Meeting 
March 21 - President's Cabinet Meeting
March 21 - The Norfolk Forum 
March 28 - President's Cabinet Meeting
March 29 - April 1 - CIC Partnership Discussion/Guadalajara, Mexico  
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