University of Arizona’s Preeminent Status

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Virginia resident Dr. Keith Miller is president emeritus of Lock Haven University and a past president of Virginia State University. Dr. Keith Miller earned his BS, MPA, and PhD from the University of Arizona (UA) and was a recipient of the university’s distinguished alumni award in recognition of his accomplishments.

A public research university, the University of Arizona is ranked No. 68 worldwide and No. 42 nationally by the Center for University World Rankings. It is rated among the best colleges in America by US News & World Report and is listed as one of the “Best Western Colleges” by the Princeton Review. A large number of Fulbright Scholars are also products of the UA.

A validation of its preeminent status is its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU). To become a member of the AAU, the school must be recognized for its excellent education and research programs. Membership to the AAU is by invitation only. The UA is the only academic institution in Arizona that is an AAU member, and it is among the 62 foremost private and public research universities in Canada and the United States.

The AU’s programs are significant and diverse, and include leading the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sampling mission, which in 2023 will bring an asteroid sample back to Earth, as well as developing a initiative designed to encourage student veterans and ROTC students to take up careers as engineers and scientists with the U.S. Navy.

SCORE – Helping Small Businesses Achieve Success

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SCORE
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An educational consultant who also teaches doctoral students, Dr. Keith Miller previously served as president of Virginia State University. Named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Central Pennsylvania, Dr. Keith Miller’s volunteer roles include judging in an entrepreneurship contest hosted by the Richmond, Virginia, SCORE chapter.

The competition’s aim is to recognize and reward startups and emerging organizations in the Richmond area for their creation of business models that have a high probability of success.

For more than fifty years, the nonprofit group SCORE has been helping small businesses start, expand, and reach their goals by providing mentorship and education. Assisted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE has a network of more than 11,000 volunteers, allowing it to provide its services at minimal or no charge.

The nonprofit has more than 320 chapters throughout the United States and its territories. These chapters organize workshops and events and connect entrepreneurs with volunteer mentors in their locality.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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The former president of Virginia State University and Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Keith Miller earned his PhD from the University of Arizona and possesses nearly 30 years of university experience, including teaching and serving as dean. During Dr. Keith Miller’s four-year tenure at Virginia State, the university was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Established in 2006, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes the efforts of colleges and universities to improve their communities and produce civic-minded graduates. The honor roll chooses institutions in four categories:

1. General community service, for institutions committed to assisting low-income, noncampus residents in areas such as health, environment, or families of military personnel.

2. Interfaith community service, for institutions striving to build and maintain relationships between those in the community with different beliefs or backgrounds.

3. Economic opportunity, for institutions working within their communities to foster economic independence, good family dynamics, and sustainability.

4. Education, for institutions who focus their community service efforts on children and adolescents, preparing them for future education and improving school programs or graduation rates.

Confronting Organizational Insecurities Head On

Leveraging past experience as president of Virginia State University, Dr. Keith Miller provides clients in Virginia and beyond with goal-driven educational consulting services. Dr. Keith Miller recently engaged with the Niagara University College of Business Administration in leading a strategic planning workshop.

One aspect of the leadership equation that Dr. Miller focuses on is defeating the forces of fear, deceit, insecurity, and hypocrisy, which thrive in many organizations. When these elements exist, they are very difficult to uproot, as organizational behavior takes a long-term vision to change.

The key to overcoming organizational challenges is to confront them head on. While upper management may be tempted to gloss over endemic issues, the risk of doing this is becoming “out of touch.” Through connecting closely with team members at all levels of the organization and listening to their input, the isolating aspects of the hierarchy are mitigated and collective solutions that benefit the greatest number of employees are possible. More than that, potential areas of jealousy and unhealthy competition are squelched. In this way, synergies are unlocked, with each employee working together to achieve organizational success that brings collective benefits.