LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University President Keith T. Miller announced today that he will step down as president of the university June 30, 2010. He has accepted the position of President of Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, effective July 1, 2010. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
In a message to faculty and staff, Miller stated that he is looking forward to this new chapter in his personal and professional life. He stated that his years at Lock Haven University have been enjoyable and rewarding, and that he and his family will miss the university and the Lock Haven community. He remains committed to public higher education. He accepted the presidency of Virginia State University as an opportunity to meet new challenges. VSU, one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions, seeks to become more research intensive.
Miller thanked LHU faculty and staff for their support as well as for their hard work and accomplishments. He stated that he is looking forward to helping the university through the transition period and expressed his confidence that the entire LHU community will fully support the new president in every possible way.
Miller has served as President of Lock Haven University since July, 2004. During his presidency, the university has seen growth in enrollment and programs. Notable among the university’s achievements have been the annual Celebration of Scholarship, the growth of the Honors program, the university’s first National Science Foundation grants, All-Steinway status, and construction of the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center. As part of the president’s emphases on diversity, technology and engagement, LHU became the first PASSHE institution to require all freshmen to have laptop computers. Internships, community service, distance education, and study abroad programs have all grown.