Gary E. Miller

Gary E. Miller

Hall of Fame Class of 2004

Dr. Gary E. Miller is a significant pioneering leader on a national and international scale in adult and continuing education. He has a deep and distinguished history in the field, resulting in some of the highest quality, large-scale distance education programs in the United States. He provided the primary leadership for the development of two of the most important distance education operations in the United States: The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and The World Campus of The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Miller is the Associate Vice President for Distance Education and Executive Director of the World Campus at The Pennsylvania State University, where he is also Associate Professor of Adult Education. Dr. Miller earned his doctorate of Education in Higher Education from Penn State, and is widely published in the areas of distance education policy and quality. He is the author of The Meaning of General Education: The Emergence of a Curricular Paradigm and numerous journal articles and book chapters. 

From 1987 to 1993, Dr. Miller advanced the field of continuing education through his service as Executive Director of the International University Consortium at the University of Maryland University College and as the founding Chair of the Institute for Distance Education, a state-funded system-wide initiative responsible for coordinating distance education policy infrastructure and faculty development for the fourteen universities of the University of Maryland system.

He is a member of the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) Board of Directors. Internationally, Dr. Miller has served as Vice President for North America, International Council for Open and Distance Education and as a member of the Executive Committee of International Council for Distance Education.

Over the past decade, he has chaired the Commission on Principles of Good Practice in Continuing Education for the National University Continuing Education Association and has served on the Taskforce on Quality Principles in Distance Education for the American Council on Education and on the Taskforce on Distance Learning for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

"What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul."

- Joseph Addison