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UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller has been named chancellor-elect of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He will resign from UNCW effective July 31, according to a notice on the university’s website.
In a statement posted Monday, Miller, who has led UNCW since 2012, said he has enjoyed his time in Wilmington and looks forward to his new job at Wisconsin-Green Bay.
“I have been honored to work with an extraordinary team of faculty, staff, and campus leaders at UNCW,” Miller said in the statement. “Together we have accomplished so much, and I know they will continue to provide a world-class academic experience for UNCW’s students.
“The opportunity at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an extremely exciting one that will allow me to continue to make an impact in higher education… The UW system is one of the finest in the country and I am eager to dive in and discover how I can support the mission and tradition of excellence at Green Bay.”
The announcement brings an end to more than a month’s worth of speculation that Miller was seeking other employment. In late April, he was confirmed as a candidate for the position of president at Youngstown State University in Ohio and a finalist for president of the State University of New York’s Buffalo campus.
A release at the time from a UNCW spokesperson said Miller had “been invited to explore other presidential opportunities in higher education.”
“The chancellor and Mrs. [Georgia] Miller continue to be dedicated to UNCW and this community, and respectfully request that this development not interfere with the celebration of our students’ upcoming commencement ceremonies or the important endeavors of our faculty and staff,” the release said in late April.
Miller was named UNCW’s fourth chancellor in July 2011, assuming his duties in April 2012 and replacing former chancellor Rosemary DePaolo. Prior to taking over as head of the university, he was the provost and vice president of academic affairs and research at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.
In his statement, Miller praised the administrative team he is leaving behind and thanked the community for its support.
“Georgia and I have enjoyed our time in Wilmington and are grateful for the support of this community, and for the friendships we have formed both on- and off-campus. We are excited to join the Green Bay community after meeting such warm and welcoming people during our visits,” Miller said. “I will be leaving UNCW in excellent hands, including those of a top-notch leadership team.”