Dave Miller, who holds dual roles as West Virginia University’s associate provost and director of public service and extension as well as liaison to the West Virginia Legislature, announced Wednesday he will retire at the end of June, ending his service to the University and state.
“I’ve been proud to be part of the work and progress of WVU and WVU Extension Service,” said Miller, 65. “It’s been an honor to work with so many talented and committed people here at the University, in the Legislature and across the state.”
Noting Miller’s long service to West Virginia, President Jim Clements said, “Dave has an extraordinary love for our state and that has been reflected in his choices to work in public schools, state government and West Virginia University. I want to thank him for his incredible service and his quiet, steady leadership. He is truly a wonderful person who has helped WVU and West Virginia in countless ways.
“I know he has been looking forward to retiring, but we will hold him to his promise to keep in touch as he has become an important friend to so many of us.”
Miller began his work as legislative liaison for WVU in 2001. Following a national search, he also assumed the leadership of the statewide WVU Extension Service In 2007.
“Academic Affairs wants to convey its deepest appreciation for all that Dave Miller did to strengthen our extension operations across the state,” Provost Michele Wheatly said. “With his unique background in public service to the State of West Virginia, he has significantly improved communication and integration of WVU’s extension outreach to multiple constituents. We wish him well in his retirement.
“Looking ahead, we will move to name an interim associate provost of extension and outreach after extensive consultation with the affected groups,” Wheatly said.
Before joining WVU, Miller was West Virginia’s deputy commissioner of agriculture. He’s also been a high school teacher, principal and basketball coach. Miller has served as both a senator and a delegate in the West Virginia Legislature.
Miller earned his master’s degree from the University of Virginia and his undergraduate degree from Fairmont State, where he was an All-America NAIA basketball player. He is a native of Tunnelton in Preston County, where he owns and operates Mountain Diamond Longhorns, a beef cattle farm.
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