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James L. Miller Jr
Regents' Proceedings 227

James L. Miller, Jr., professor of higher education, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 1991, following 25 years of service to the University of Michigan.

Professor Miller received his B.A. degree from the University of Florida in 1949; his M.A. degree from the University of Alabama in 1958; and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1963. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1966 as professor of higher education and director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education. His career prior to that had included positions with the Kentucky Department of Finance, the Kentucky Council on Public Higher Education, the Georgia Governor's Commission to Improve Education, and the Southern Regional Education Board. This experience familiarized him with the practical world of governors, legislators, and other higher education policy makers, and he maintained these ties in his later academic work.

Professor Miller's career, which focused on public policy in higher education, reflected his capacity for integrating the practical, political, and academic aspects of postsecondary education. His research and publications helped shape our understanding of state financing for higher education; of the patterns of state coordination, governance, and planning for higher education; of policy issues affecting higher education; and of the impact of public policy on institutional governance. Among his numerous publications, his book, State Budgeting for Higher Education: The Use of Formulas and Cost Analysis, is considered a classic in state financing of higher education. Professor Miller has served on many national task forces and commissions, and consulted for states, institutions, and policy makers nationwide. He served in leadership roles on the American Council on Education, the Education Commission of the States, and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, and also served as president of both the American Association of Higher Education and the Society for the Study of Higher Education (later the Association for the Study of Higher Education).

Professor Miller's classes on state and national issues in higher education were a centerpiece of many graduate students' experience, and many of his doctoral students went on to significant policy leadership roles. To his faculty colleagues, he was a thoughtful source of intellectual insight and practical wisdom, and always an effective collaborator. His commitment to faculty governance was reflected by his leadership in this area, both at the University and in the American Association of University Professors. Professor Miller has been a valued colleague whose contributions were felt in the classroom, in the academic study of higher education policy studies, and in the larger world of professional practice.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming James L. Miller, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Higher Education.