Virginia State University President Keith T. Miller today announced that, effective Dec. 31, 2014, he will step down as President, but will retain his status as a tenured faculty member. The Board accepted his resignation, which came during a meeting with President Miller.
President Miller became VSU’s 13th president on July 1, 2010. Among the many achievements under his leadership, VSU’s Honors Program has grown to its highest level; the University broke ground on its $84 million Multipurpose Center – a project with Small, Women and Minority (SWaM) business participation unprecedented in the Commonwealth; and last year, VSU student-athletes achieved the highest graduation rate in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
Board Rector Harry Black said the Board and President Miller “agreed that VSU should move in another direction strategically.” He also recognized President Miller’s commitment to the University. “President Miller is to be commended for his integrity and putting the interests of Virginia State University and its students at the forefront of this difficult decision,” he said. “The decision is in character with his dedication as a leader committed to service.”
The Board plans to announce an Interim President at its November meeting. Rector Black said a search firm will be engaged to begin an “open, competitive and comprehensive” national search in January for VSU’s 14th president.