Bethany President Cited in National Study of College Presidents

Bethany, W.Va. – Highly regarded as an outspoken advocate of the value of a residential liberal arts education, Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller has been identified in a national study of college and university opinion writers.   

Now in his 24th year as a college or university president, Dr. Miller was included in “Who is Writing the Op-eds? The Presidents Behind the Words,” by Roland H. King, as one of the “Top 16 Presidents Publishing Op-eds.” King, Senior Strategic Communications Advisor at PhairAdvantage Communications and former National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU) Vice President of Public Affairs, directs the Presidential Op-eds Project.  The project consisted of reviewing 350 published articles written since January 2014 by 180 sitting college and university presidents.

Dr. Miller’s op-eds are carried in “The Huffington Post” and collected on his blog page (“Dialogue”) and on the Bethany College website (www.bethanywv.edu). He is a regular columnist for “College Planning and Management,” “Enrollment Manager,” and “The State Journal,” and is the executive editor of “Presidential Perspectives,” a best-practices thought series for college and university presidents that has resulted in nine books.

Based in Washington, D.C., PhairAdvantage Communications, LLC is an independent consulting firm providing global public relations and marketing consulting services with a special focus on education and nonprofit associations. King is in his second year as Senior Strategic Communications Advisor at PhairAdvantage.  He most recently served as Vice President for Public Affairs at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) in Washington, D.C., for 15 years, retiring in 2013. NAICU’s members are the presidents of nearly 1,000 private colleges and universities, as well as the CEOs of more than 70 specialized private college associations.

Dr. Miller has been profiled in a number of national publications recently including a summer feature in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” focusing on Bethany College’s student-centered philosophy. He will be featured in a new book, “Follow The Leader,” about college presidents with a strong social media presence. The book is by Dan Zaiontz of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.  Local coverage of Dr. Miller's social media strategy can be found at: http://www.bethanywv.edu/about-bethany/news/2014-15-news-archive/being-college-president-140-characters-or-less/

Dr. Miller is in his eighth year as President and M.M. Cochran Professor of Leadership Studies at Bethany College, a nationally ranked liberal arts institution and West Virginia's oldest degree-granting college or university. He was previously President of Wesley College and Lincoln Memorial University. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Academic Search, Inc., the Independent College Enterprise and the Council of Independent College’s New Presidents Program.  He recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and is Vice Chair of the American Academic Leadership Institute.