Ted K. Miller is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services within the College of Education at The University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia. Prior to his retirement, he was Coordinator of the Student Affairs in Higher Education Preparation Program, department head, and member of the Graduate Faculty. From 1989 to 1992 he was Director of the University of Georgia’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Accreditation Reaffirmation Self-Study, and Chairman of the Steering Committee. Subsequently he was co-chair of the University’s Program Planning Advisory Committee, which focused on the University’s strategic planning initiative.
He earned a B.S. in Business and English (1954) from Ball State University, and spent the following two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany. Returning to Ball State, he earned an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance (1957) and later an Ed.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Florida (1962).
Miller co-authored seven professional books including The Future of Student Affairs (1976), wrote and edited five editions of The CAS Book of Professional Standards for Higher Education (1986-2003), published widely in professional journals, contributed chapters for numerous edited books, and served on the editorial boards of three national higher education journals. Throughout his career Ted was active in several professional organizations, especially the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) for which he served in numerous leadership positions including Chair of the Tomorrow’s Higher Education Project (T.H.E.), a task force designed to promote the role and function of Student Development Theory and Practice within the field of student affairs.
In 1979, Miller joined with a team of representatives from eleven national professional associations that established the Council for the Advancement of Standards for Higher Education (CAS), a consortium of national higher education oriented organizations interested in establishing professional standards and guidelines for college and university student support programs and services. He was elected the Founding President of CAS, a position he held from the Council’s inception until 1989. Between 1976 and 2005 Miller was recipient of numerous awards from professional higher education societies, including the SACSA Mel Hardee Award for Outstanding Achievement; the GCPA Professional of the Year (later named in his honor); and the ACPA Professional Service, Annuit Coeptis, President’s Award, Senior Scholar Diplomate, Hall of Honor, Contribution to Knowledge, and Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005 he was recipient of ACPA’s most prestigious recognition, the ACPA Lifetime Achievement Award.
After 40 years of professional service in student affairs and higher education, Ted K. Miller actively continues his involvement in professional associations, research and assessment, and professional development training program activities.