Herbert Miller


Location: Kokomo
Honorary Degree (2002)
Doctor of Humane Letters
Location: Kokomo
Presenter: Myles Neil Brand
IU Kokomo Distinguished Service Award (1993)
M.A., 1958; Ph.D., 1967


Professor Herbert Miller, the Emeritus Professor of International Business in the IU Kokomo School of Business, is the first African American faculty member at the university. Miller taught for more than 40 years at IU Kokomo, where he also served as dean of faculty, assistant dean of academic affairs, acting chancellor, chief executive officer, dean of faculties and special assistant to the chancellor. He taught multiple foreign languages and later led international business classes.

Professor Miller studied Spanish and French in his undergraduate years and then joined the U.S. Air Force. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Miller earned graduate degrees from Indiana University in Russian language. Miller began teaching Russian, German and French at IU Kokomo in 1960, when the campus was still housed in the Seiberling Mansion, on West Sycamore Street. He saw IU Kokomo grow from a two-year degree campus with mostly adult students to one offering bachelor's and master's degrees, and attracting more and more traditional-aged students.

He received the 1993 Distinguished Service Award from IU-Kokomo Alumni Association and an honorary degree in 2002.