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.

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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.