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Bill Miller named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mount Marty College

  • Bill Miller
May 26, 2020

Associate provost and longtime Carthage professor Bill Miller has been named the vice president for academic affairs at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota.

Prof. Miller, who joined the Carthage faculty as a professor of sociology and criminal justice in 2000, begins his new role at the Catholic liberal arts college on July 1.

In his 20 years at Carthage, Prof. Miller has taught broadly across the curriculum. In addition to courses in sociology and criminal justice, he contributed to the Women and Gender Studies Program and Carthage Symposium, and co-led regular J-Term study tours to Central and South America.

He has held a wide range of administrative appointments, including Criminal Justice Program Director, Sociology Department Chair, Social Science Division Chair, Acting Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, and Associate Provost for Continuing Studies.

For the last two years, he has served as the College’s first Associate Provost for New Program Development. In this role, he helped lead a number of critical initiatives including the transition to the Schoology learning management system, the launch of the College’s first online courses, and, most recently, the development of the RN-to-BSN completion program set to begin this fall.

“Mount Marty College has just made an outstanding selection for its next vice president for academic affairs,” said Carthage Provost and Chief Operating Officer David Timmerman. “Bill brings many years of leadership experience and deep commitment to the best interests of students, as well as the faculty and staff of these wonderful residential liberal arts colleges.

“He has a unique ability to demonstrate respect, provide a listening and caring ear, and to adapt his thinking when appropriate and needed. He will put the college first in all he does, I know this for certain.”

Located along the Missouri River in Yankton, Mount Marty has additional locations in Watertown and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees with a focus on health sciences, education, criminal justice, business, accounting, and recreation management. In January 2020, the institution announced plans to change its name to Mount Marty University, effective July 1.

As vice president for academic affairs, Prof. Miller will focus on helping the new university build on its current growth and success by working with faculty and administration to develop distinctive, innovative opportunities for students, he said.

“It has been a privilege to be part of the Carthage community for the last 20 years,” Prof. Miller said. “I have made a lot of special memories here, and I have developed deep and meaningful relationships with students, staff, and faculty colleagues that will last a lifetime.

“Carthage will always hold a special place in my heart and I wish Carthage, and Carthaginians everywhere, continued success.”