AASCU-Penson Center Helps College and University Leaders Nationwide

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A longtime education administrator, Dr. Keith Miller is the formers president of Virginia State University and president emeritus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. In addition to leading institutions in Virginia and Pennsylvania, Dr. Keith Miller has worked closely with organizations such as the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). He currently works as a consultant at the AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development.

In its efforts to help college and university executives advance the success of their institutions, the Penson Center offers a range of consulting programs and services. The organization helps school leadership teams develop and implement new strategic plans, set goals and initiatives, and establish funding. The center also assists with leadership assessment and development, board creation, and team building.

Beyond these activities, the Penson Center has experience helping colleges and universities manage finances, plan academic programs, and establish strong relationships with key stakeholders and community partners. In recent years, the AASCU-Penson Center has worked with dozens of institutions in states throughout the country, including California, Texas, and New Jersey.


AASCU-Penson Center Consults College and University Leaders

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During a career spanning over 25 years, Dr. Keith Miller has held many academic and administrative positions in higher education. He served as president of Virginia State University and is president emeritus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Utilizing his years of experience, Dr. Keith Miller also offers counsel in his role with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Penson Center for Professional Development (AASCU-Penson Center).

Composed of many former chancellors and presidents of public universities and colleges, the AASCU-Penson Center works to improve higher education in the U.S. It is the sole consulting firm focused on improving such institutions by strengthening their presidencies. Its team of associate consultants draws upon their proven individual success to provide sitting university and college leaders a personalized approach to issues facing their institutions.

The AASCU-Penson Center offers a host of different consulting services designed to assist the leaders of higher education institutions. Among these are assessing and developing leadership personnel, strengthening fundraising infrastructure, leadership transition management, and services specific to improving board member performance.

Virginia State University Chosen for Wallace Foundation Program

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A graduate of the University of Arizona with a PhD in education, Dr. Keith Miller has served in several executive roles in higher education, including as president of Virginia State University. Dr. Keith Miller currently leverages his training and experience to work with students pursuing doctorates at Virginia State University (VSU).

In November of 2016, VSU announced that the Wallace Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds a number of initiatives focused on improving the quality of education for children with disadvantages, has chosen the school to participate in a national program designed to provide more effective training for aspiring school principals. Through the $47 million, four-year initiative, VSU will develop models to strengthen its principal-training program in conjunction with the state’s Department of Education and district partners.

The university will specifically partner with Hopewell City Public Schools, Henrico County Public Schools, and Sussex County Public Schools, all of which are districts that often hire graduates of VSU. This cooperation will help facilitate the creation of evidence-based training aligned with the specific needs of local schools. In addition, VSU will receive assistance in revamping its principal-training program from the Georgia-based Quality-Plus Leader Academy, which is known for its expertise in developing successful school administrators.


New Presidents Academy Strengthens University and College Leaders

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Previously the president of both Lock Haven University and Virginia State University, Dr. Keith Miller now mentors other leaders of institutions of higher learning. A resident of Chester, Virginia, Dr. Keith Miller is a former faculty member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) New Presidents Academy.

As part of the AASCU’s goal to increase public understanding of higher education and prepare students for modern education, the organization holds the annual New Presidents Academy. Focused on addressing the specific needs of new university leaders, the meeting enables participants to share information and experience with peers. It is intended to be a supportive environment for learning about and dealing with circumstances facing new executives. The faculty, composed of presidents, share knowledge gained over the course of their tenures during presentations.

The meeting consists of four all-day sessions on a range of topics, including interpretive communication, fiscal oversight, and enrollment management. During breaks, participants can schedule private appointments with faculty. The event ends in a ceremony that marks the transitions of new presidents.

The 2017 academy will convene from July 31 to August 4 in San Diego. All presidents and chancellors appointed to office at their state college or university after September 2015 are eligible to attend.


SCORE Connects Entrepreneurs with Experienced Business Mentors

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An accomplished education leader, Dr. Keith Miller formerly served as president of Virginia State University. Currently, Dr. Miller works with doctoral students at Virginia State and serves as an associate consultant at the AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development. Additionally, Dr. Keith Miller supports several nonprofit groups, including SCORE (formerly known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives).

In its efforts to help small businesses succeed, SCORE oversees various programs and initiatives in communities across the United States. One of the organization’s most popular offerings is its mentor program, which connects up-and-coming entrepreneurs with experienced business leaders.

With the largest network of volunteer business mentors in the nation, SCORE provides its mentoring services for little or no cost. SCORE volunteers are available throughout the country to provide advice about business development, growth, and management across 62 industries.

Entrepreneurs who would like to use the mentoring service can connect with a local SCORE mentor for face-to-face meetings or take advantage of the organization’s video mentoring, which gives users access to an experienced SCORE mentor from anywhere in the world. To get matched with a local or video mentor, individuals can visit SCORE’s website and fill out the mentor request form. To learn more about the program or request a mentor, visit www.score.org/find-mentor.


AASCU’s New Presidents Academy

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A former president of Virginia State University, Dr. Keith Miller now serves as president emeritus of Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. Throughout his years of service at Virginia State University and Lock Haven University, Dr. Keith Miller has been involved in numerous organizations, including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), where he served as a faculty member for the New Presidents Academy.

The New Presidents Academy is a program that seeks to meet the unique needs of new state university presidents and chancellors. The only program that offers mentoring to new presidents during their first year of service, the academy brings together first-time presidents and chancellors for networking and educational sessions.

The most recent academy, which was held from July 25 to 29, 2016, in La Jolla, California, covered topics such as strategic visioning, overseeing financial management, shaping an organization, using interpretive communication, and managing enrollment to enhance student success.


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.