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Virginia Wesleyan President Scott D. Miller spoke at a meeting of the Cape Henry Rotary Club Jan. 27, sharing statistics about the College­­­­­­'s economic and cultural impact in the Hampton Roads community and outlining growth opportunities for VWC. He noted that it was Wesleyan's location and reputation that attracted him to the position last year. "Virginia Wesleyan has a growing reputation nationally as a student-centered liberal arts college of the highest quality," said Dr. Miller, now in his fourth college presidency over a 25-year period. "It is an honor to lead Virginia Wesleyan College—Coastal Virginia's premier private liberal arts college." Other initiatives discussed were an Institutional Review commissioned by the Board of Trustees to assist in the presidential transition and to set priorities for the coming years; development of a new business model for VWC; exploration of development possibilities for properties owned by the College but not on the campus proper; and expanding student opportunities for globalization, internships and service learning/community engagement. He provided updates on campus projects including Birdsong Field, the College’s new synthetic turf multi-purpose athletic complex; the Greer Environmental Sciences Center, for which groundbreaking occurred Jan. 13; and discussions with the YMCA for a shared-use facility on campus. He also expressed appreciation for many of the Cape Henry Rotary members’ active involvement with VWC: “Local leaders recognize the value of Virginia Wesleyan to this region and devote significant time, energy and personal resources to the well-being of the College, and we are forever thankful.”