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Robert A. Miller came to Rollins College in 1984 as the director of the Division of Continuing Education (now the Hamilton Holt School) and associate dean of the faculty. He is a noted administrator and has held positions at numerous institutions of higher learning, including the presidency of Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.

Miller was born on November 1, 1942, in New York City. He earned his B.A. in history and political science from Alfred University. His political science M.A. came from the State University of New York and he received his Ph.D. in political science and public administration from Syracuse University in 1974. Before coming to Rollins, Miller worked in several positions, including associate director for the division of community services and continuing education at Onondaga Community College and Dean of community research and services at Northern Kentucky University.

While at Rollins College, Miller devoted himself to improving the evening and weekend course program. He was especially interested in fostering a school that would address the unique needs and characteristics of returning adult students. By increasing faculty involvement, starting a Master of Liberal Studies program, developing the Board of Advisors, and raising $500 thousand to fund scholarships, Miller greatly enhanced the quality of continuing education. In addition, the Hamilton Holt School received its name during his tenure, in honor of Rollins' eighth president. The Hamilton Holt Medal was bestowed on him in 1991 for his accomplishments.

Miller worked as an administrative officer in Malawi, where he directed a rural development program between 1966 and 1968. In 1991, Miller became the Provost of Antioch University's School for Adult and Experiential Learning. He has also written several publications, including: "Elite Formation in Africa: Class, Culture and Coherence" and "The Sino-Indian Border Dispute."

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Miller discusses joint appointments

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Miller discusses how the Holt School got its name

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Miller discusses the importance of private liberal arts education

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Miller discusses the admission process for adult students

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Miller discusses scholarship donor involvement