FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 Date: January 30, 2002

      Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS names Miller as new dean of students

SPRINGFIELD – Patricia Swatfager-Haney, vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has announced the appointment of Christopher Miller as dean of students/associate vice chancellor for student affairs.  Miller will begin his duties on February 4. “Dr. Miller has a wealth of experience,” said Swatfager-Haney.  “We are very excited to bring him to UIS.”

Miller has 11 years of experience as an administrator in higher education and 12 years experience as a faculty member.  He comes to UIS from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, where he was associate dean of student affairs, a post he has held since August 2000.  In that capacity he directed the university’s disability, health, and counseling services as well as international and Native American student affairs offices, registration and records, and student information systems.  He previously served as assistant dean of administration and student community development at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, and was a partner in a dispute resolution firm in Phoenix.  From 1991 to 1996 he was part of American Institute, also in Phoenix, where his positions included chief executive officer, executive director, dean of student and academic affairs, dean of the legal studies division, and assistant dean for legal studies programs.

Since 1989 he has taught courses on various aspects of the law at Ottawa University, American Institute, and Academy of Business College, all in Phoenix; at Arizona State; and at South Dakota State.  Miller has also taken part in numerous professional conferences and symposiums as a presenter and panel discussant.  His memberships include the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, American College Personnel Association, American Criminology Association, American Civil Liberties Union, American Bar Association, Habitat for Humanity, International Mentoring Association, and the Commission on the Status of Women.

Miller earned the Ph.D. and master of science degrees in justice studies at Arizona State; the juris doctor at Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina; and bachelor of arts degrees in political science and history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.