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Hamline Names New President


Fayneese Miller has been named Hamline University’s 20th president. She will be the first African American president and the second female president in the university’s history when she assumes office on July 1.

Miller is currently dean of the College of Education and Social Services and professor of leadership and development sciences at the University of Vermont, where she has worked for 10 years. Prior to that, she was coordinator of education studies and the founding chairman of ethnic studies at Brown University, where she served on the faculty for 20 years.

“Dr. Miller is a dynamic and inclusive leader with a strong commitment to diversity and deep experience in academic program development, fiscal management, and fundraising,” said Bob Klas Jr., chair of the Hamline University Board of Trustees. “She is a champion of collaborative governance and values voices of students, faculty, and staff. We feel she will be an exceptional president for our campus community.”

At the University of Vermont, Miller is responsible for all aspects of both the graduate and undergraduate curriculum, professional development of faculty, budget management and new net revenue generation, fund development, and international collaborations for the college, among other responsibilities. The graduate education program in her college has improved its U.S. News & World Report ranking by more than 75 places under her leadership.

Miller is a social psychologist and author who specializes in the psychosocial development of adolescents. She holds a doctoral degree and master’s degree in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hampton University. She completed her post-doctoral work in applied social psychology at Yale University.

The fall issue of Hamline magazine will include a feature story about Miller. Read more about Miller here.