Virginia Wesleyan President Scott D. Miller has been elected to the Regional Board of Directors for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. The Hampton Roads Chamber is a pro-business organization promoting growth and progress for the Hampton Roads region. It has created economic opportunity in the region for more than 25 years through public policy, economic development and service to business. Members of the Regional Board of Directors are elected from Chamber membership to set policies and priorities for the organization. In addition to the Regional Board, each of the five southside cities—Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach—has a board comprised of local business leaders who focus on the needs of that city. Dr. Miller is in his second year as president of Virginia Wesleyan. He is a former President of Bethany College (2007-15), Wesley College (1997-2007), and Lincoln Memorial University (1991-97).
Miller is one of the most experienced and prominent liberal arts college presidents in America, having led four colleges and universities for over a quarter of a century. Recognized by numerous books and publications nationally for his transformative leadership style, he was identified in a book, "The Entrepreneurial College President," as one of 17 most entrepreneurial presidents in American higher education. Locally, Dr. Miller currently serves on the Boards of the Greater Norfolk Corporation and Virginia Beach Vision. He is also Chair of the Association of Educational Institutions of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Nationally, he is Chair of the Board of Directors of Academic Search, Inc., Vice Chair of the Board of the American Academic Leadership Institute, and he is on the Board of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church.
"Since my arrival in Coastal Virginia, it has been a priority of mine to learn as much as I can about our region and to support not only the growth of our institution, but also our local businesses and economy," says Dr. Miller. "Although I serve on many boards, the Hampton Roads Chamber, Virginia Beach Vision and Greater Norfolk Corporation boards are particularly important as we connect Virginia Wesleyan with the broader Coastal Virginia community."