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Van Loan Honorary Degree Recipient

Dr. Keith D. Miller

Keith MillerDr. Keith D. Miller is a distinguished administrator, serving for many years in overseas education and operations in the U.S. State Department. He is the executive secretary of the Overseas Schools Advisory Council, of which he oversaw the creation while at the State Department, which is now a major public-private initiative that has raised millions of dollars for American international schools and provides advice and counsel to the Department of State on U.S. corporate educational needs around the world.

Dr. Miller served as an administrator in American-sponsored overseas schools, including six years as the director of the American School of Guatemala and four years as the director of the Lincoln School in San Jose, Costa Rica.  During this time he was president of the Association of American Schools of Central America, member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of International Education and chair of the Latin America Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
 
Dr. Miller joined the Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools, in 1985 and served as the regional education officer for three regions: Western Hemisphere, Africa and the Near East South Asia. In 1997, he was appointed director of the Office of Overseas Schools, which works to ensure each diplomatic foreign service post has at least one appropriate school for U.S. dependents to accommodate the families of those serving. Dr. Miller was appointed deputy assistant secretary for operations in January 2009 and served for a year as acting assistant secretary for administration. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service and has received numerous meritorious honor awards.

During his tenure at the State Department, Dr. Miller oversaw multiple major projects, from construction to social and educational initiatives. Brick-and-mortar projects include: the initial phase of a 15-year, $1 billion major renovation program to update the aging State Department headquarters building; renovation of the large complex at the World Bank Building; purchase of a portion of the Walter Reed Hospital site for use as foreign missions chancery sites; and completion of the twenty-three story United States Mission to the United Nations in New York City. He also oversaw the development of: a special needs program to provide appropriate educational opportunities for American dependents abroad with special learning needs; the Child Protection Initiative to help international schools strengthen their policies and practices on vetting applicants for employment and supervising them once on the job; The World Virtual School, which permits international schools to continue instruction during school closures by posting academic programs online; and Project AERO (American Education Reaches Out), which provides U.S. standards-based curricula and benchmarks in Math, Science, English Social Studies, Art, Music, and foreign languages to American international schools.

Dr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Ohio State University, an Master or Arts degree in school administration from Memphis State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in higher education from Michigan State University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.