Peggy Gordon Elliott Miller


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2004)
Ed.D., 1975
Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (1988)
Meeting of Academic Planning Committee, Co-Convenors
Location: Indianapolis
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich


In addition to a distinguished career that has taken her from a high school teacher's position to the presidencies of institutions of higher education, Peggy Gordon Elliott Miller has made a profound contribution to many organizations that enrich the quality of life.

Miller, who earned a doctorate in education from IU in 1975, taught at Horace Mann High School in Gary, Ind., from 1959 to 1964. In 1971, she began a long association with the IU Northwest campus as an instructor, director of professional development, ACE Fellow in Administration and special assistant to the chancellor. In 1982, she was named assistant chancellor; in 1983, she was named acting chancellor; and in 1984, she was named chancellor. She led the IU Northwest campus until 1992.

She left IU Northwest to become president of the University of Akron, a position she held until 1996. That year, she became a senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., and in 1997, she became acting vice president for AASCU's academic and international programs. Since 1998, she has led South Dakota State University. The IU Northwest campus awarded her its Distinguished Alumni Award, as did the University of Akron.

Miller holds degrees from Transylvania University, Northwestern University and Chungman National University in South Korea.