During my State of the College Address on August 23, I announced a series of changes that elevate Virginia Wesleyan's academic program. At the top of the list was the introduction of the Batten Honors College, named for VWC Trustee Emerita Jane P. Batten (front center) and her late husband, Frank Batten, Sr. I shared an additional unprecedented transformation--the structuring of Virginia Wesleyan's academic divisions. The College now consists of three schools devoted to specific areas of study: the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities, the Joan P. Brock School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and the Birdsong School of Social Science. Each school honors longtime VWC supporters, each of whom has served in various capacities on our Board of Trustees, including Susan Goode (front left), Joan Brock (front right), and George and Sue Birdsong (back). 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 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
September 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
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)

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
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News and Noteworthy
Establishment of Batten Honors College Leads Major Changes to Wesleyan's Academic Program
Virginia Wesleyan to Celebrate Inaugural Founders Day Sept. 8
Princeton Review selects VWC for "The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition"
VWC Welcomes Nearly 500 New Students
What's at Stake? Election Series Comes to Campus Sept. 6 - Nov. 15
Mike White '81 joins VWC Board of Trustees
President Miller to Serve on Virginia Beach Vision Board of Directors
VWC Sodexo Team Ensures Nutritious Meals for Area Kids Through "Feeding Our Future"
Power of Philanthropy Beautifies VWC Campus
New Virtual Tour for Virginia Wesleyan
"Presidential Perspectives" Marks 10 Years
President Miller Speaks to Aspiring College Presidents' Executive Leadership Academy
Beam Signing Marks Construction Milestone for Greer Environmental Sciences Center
History Professor Receives Mednick Award
Wansink Selected for Interfaith Understanding Seminar
Publisher's Desk: Leslie Caughell's "Political Battle of the Sexes"

College Events: September 2016

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Sept. 1 - Lydia Netzer: How to Study a Mystery, and Why You Should, 11 a.m.
Sept. 1 - Open House in The Lighthouse, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 - Dec. 9 - "A Feast of Languages" Art Exhibit, Neil Britton Art Gallery
Sept. 2 - Women's Soccer vs. TCNJ, 2 p.m.
Sept. 2-3 - VWC Volleyball Tournament
Sept. 3 - Women's Soccer vs. Austin, 6 p.m.
Sept. 4 - Men's Soccer vs. Greensboro, 1 p.m.
Sept. 6 - Beyond the Wall: U.S. Immigration Policy, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 - Founders Day
Sept. 8 - "A Feast of Languages" Opening Reception, 6 p.m.
Sept. 9 - The Tidewater Guitar Quartet, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 - Men's Soccer vs. Christopher Newport, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 - Juan Tejeda, Puro Conjunto: The Mexican-American Sound of South Texas, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 - Happy 225th! Virginia (and Norfolk) Give Birth to the Bill of Rights, 12 p.m.
Sept. 15 - Field Hockey vs. Ferrum, 5 p.m.
Sept. 17 - Field Hockey vs. Frostburg St., 12 p.m.
Sept. 17-18 - 2016 Scholarship and College Fair
Sept. 20 - Study Away Fair, 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 20 - You Want to Be a Field Biologist? Biologist Michael Finkler, 4 p.m.
Sept. 20 - Men's Soccer vs. NC Wesleyan, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 - Volleyball vs. Christopher Newport, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 - An Evening of Fairy Tales with Lynn Ruehlmann, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 - What's at Stake? U.S. Foreign Policy, 11 a.m.
Sept. 24 - Field Hockey vs. Lynchburg, 12 p.m.
Sept. 26 - Jewish and Muslim Perspectives on Election 2016, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 - Field Hockey vs. Christopher Newport, 5 p.m.
Sept. 28 - Women's Soccer vs. Lynchburg, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 - Marlin Spirit Day
Sept. 30 - Clint Smith: Standing Together in a Culture of Fear, 7 p.m.
Notable Meetings: September 2016
Sept. 6 - Presidential Cabinet Meeting
Sept. 8 - Greater Norfolk Corporation Board Meeting
Sept. 12 - Faculty Emeriti Dinner
Sept. 13 - Presidential Cabinet Meeting
Sept. 13 - President's Leadership Council
Sept. 14 - Virginia Beach Vision Meeting
Sept. 14 - Faculty Dinner
Sept. 15 - Corporate Leaders Council Meeting
Sept. 15 - VisitNorfolk "Celebration of Success" Luncheon
Sept. 16 - Norfolk State's Inauguration of Eddie N. Moore, Jr.
Sept. 20 - Presidential Cabinet Meeting
Sept. 20 - Athletic Management Council
Sept. 22 - Greater Norfolk Corporation Board Meeting
Sept. 22 - Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Leadership Series
Sept. 22 - Faculty Dinner
Sept. 23 - Salute to Teachers Event
Sept. 27-28 - CICV Annual Meeting
Sept. 29 - NATO Signing Ceremony