Prestigious Honor Awarded to President of Development Center
Published: Monday, April 22, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 13:08
In recognition of his 31 years of service as the president and CEO of the NDSU Development Center, Jim C. Miller received the Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award Thursday.
Miller is one of two people to be selected for the award, the other being Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the Oregon State University Foundation. Both men were presented with the award at the 21st annual Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations in Atlanta.
“I am extremely honored to be selected for this high honor, along with my longtime friend Mike Goodwin,” Miller told University Relations. “I owe a debt of gratitude to the countless volunteers who provided unselfish service to the organizations, the donors who gave so generously to our campaigns, and my staff and university associates who have provided encouragement and good counsel to me during my career.”
The Council for Advancement and Success in Education (also known as CASE) presents the Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation award annually to two distinguished educational professionals. The award recognizes those who have made important contributions to the advancement, quality and effectiveness of their foundations, according to a university press release.
Miller has been actively involved with CASE throughout his career. He has served on several of the organization’s committees, including the board of trustees, the CASE Commission on Philanthropy and the National Committee of Institutionally Related Foundations. He has also received the CASE Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, according to University Relations.
During his 42-year tenure as an educational professional, Miller has served the NDSU Development Center for 31 years. In this time, Miller has transformed the foundation into a financial support system for the university. Miller has increased the program’s total assets from $3 million to $161 million today and has increased annual donations from $500,000 to more than $15 million.
NDSU President Dean Bresciani nominated Miller for the award. In his letter of nomination, Bresciani wrote, “What Mr. Miller has had a catalytic part in making happen has been the transition of a regional doctoral institution into… one of the top-100 research universities in the nation.”
Upon completion of this academic year, Miller plans to retire from his position with the NDSU Development Center. He was unable to be reached for further comment.