Mount Marty Announces New Vice President for Academic Affairs

May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020, YANKTON, SD – Mount Marty College announced today that William Miller, Ph.D., will become the college’s new vice president for academic affairs starting July 1. 

Miller comes to Mount Marty from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he is serving as the associate provost for new program development. In his role, Miller led efforts on several strategic initiatives including the acquisition of a new learning management system, the launch of online courses and faculty development trainings designed to support blended and online instruction and the development of a new RN-to-BSN program.William Miller, Ph.D.

His extensive experience in academic affairs, teaching and research, and his desire for a new challenge, has Miller excited about the potential at Mount Marty. “I want to help Mount Marty continue to build on all of their current growth and success by helping the faculty and administration thoughtfully develop distinctive, new, innovative opportunities for students that not only reflect the mission, vision, value, character and spirit of Mount Marty, but also prepare students to succeed in an increasing global community,” said Miller.

Mount Marty President Marc Long added, "I am very pleased to welcome someone with Dr. Miller's outstanding administrative, teaching and scholarly experience and skills to such a key leadership role in our community. As we become Mount Marty University in just over a month, I look forward to working with Dr. Miller and the MMU community to continue our momentum, complete our strategic plan and create the best Benedictine education for our students."

Miller, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, has over 25 years of experience in higher education, with the majority of that time spent at Carthage College. Before landing in his current role, he served as the director of the criminal justice program, the chair of the sociology department, the acting dean of graduate and professional studies and the associate provost of continuing studies.

Academically, Miller is accomplished in both teaching and research. He has taught widely across the disciplines of sociology and criminal justice, is a Jeanette Grasselli Arts and Sciences Teaching Award recipient and has co-led several interdisciplinary study tours in Central and South America. As a criminologist, his research has focused mostly on the relationship between risk taking and various social behaviors including crime, juvenile delinquency and legalized gambling. He has also authored many journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and one edited collection. 

Miller and his wife, Colleen, currently live in Kenosha with their two daughters, Nicole and Katie.

Miller will replace the current Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Sister Candyce Chrystal, who will return to her role as an Associate Professor and Chair of Teacher Education. "The entire MMC community owes such a debt of gratitude to Sister Candyce for her service as interim vice president these last two years. Her leadership and service has been exceptional, and I have enjoyed working with her daily. But I also know she is excited to get back to her love of teaching,” said President Long.