FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date:  January 24, 2003

Contact:  Cheryl D. Peck


BOT approves Miller as interim vice chancellor at UIS


University of Illinois at Springfield Chancellor Richard Ringeisen has announced the appointment of Dr. Christopher Miller as interim vice chancellor for student affairs, effective January 24. The appointment was approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at its meeting January 23.

Currently dean of students and associate vice chancellor for student affairs at UIS, Miller replaces Patricia Swatfager-Haney, who has accepted a position as director of university-wide student programs in the U of I’s Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Miller will also continue to fill his present duties.

Chancellor Ringeisen observed that, since coming to UIS last February, “Chris has impressed the campus community with his warmth, energy, and depth of knowledge. He has quickly established a strong reputation here as a highly capable student affairs professional.”

Miller has a dozen years of experience in various aspects of higher education. Before coming to UIS he was associate dean of students at South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, where 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. From 1990 to 2000, he was at Arizona State University in Tempe where his positions included research associate, adjunct professor, assistant dean for student community development, and assistant dean for administration in the Office of Student Life.



At American Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, he variously served as a member of the faculty, assistant dean for the legal studies program and dean of the legal studies division, dean of student and academic affairs, executive director, and chief executive officer. He was also a partner in Miller and Sisk, an alternative dispute resolution firm in Phoenix. He has taught courses in various aspects of the law at Ottawa University, American Institute, and the Academy of Business College, all in Phoenix; at Arizona State, South Dakota State, and the University of Illinois at Springfield. His professional 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 the 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.