WVU-P to hold remembrance ceremony for former president

PARKERSBURG – West Virginia University at Parkersburg will hold a remembrance ceremony for former president Eldon Miller at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the College Activities Center.

The event is open to the public. Residents are encouraged to write and bring memories of Miller for the college to archive.

Miller passed away on May 31 at age 77. He was WVU-Parkersburg’s longest-serving president from 1982 to 2000. He worked in higher education for more than 30 years and founded the Community Colleges of Appalachia Association.

Prior to working at WVU-Parkersburg, Miller served as an academic dean at the Dallas Community College District, executive level administrator at the Community College of Denver, associate professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and director of the Higher Educational Management Institute at the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges in Washington, D.C.

Upon his retirement from the college in 2000, he said, “My 18-year association with WVU-Parkersburg and the Wood County community has been one of the most significant parts of my career and life. I have immensely enjoyed being a part of this campus community and contributing to the institution’s evolving maturity.”

WVU-Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnag said Miller “was a key part of our college’s success, and he remained heavily involved with us long after his retirement. Since his funeral service was out of town, we wanted to host this event to give his friends and colleagues in our area the opportunity to remember him.”