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Fayneese Miller

A landmark will occur on July 1 when Fayneese Miller begins her term as the 20th president of Hamline University, in St. Paul, Minn. Miller is the first African American and second woman to ever be appointed to the position by the university’s board of trustees.

Currently, Miller serves as the dean of the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont, where she is chargedwith developing both graduate and undergraduate curriculum, fund development, budget management, professional development of faculty and more.  She is also a professor of leadership and developmental sciences at the school.

“I am honored to be selected as the 20th president of Hamline University, an institution that values social justice, equity, inclusion, and civic engagement through its service-learning opportunities for students, curriculum offerings, and innocence initiative,” Miller said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working together with board members, students, faculty, staff, and the community in enhancing Hamline University’s strong commitment to high academic standards and developing students who understand and appreciate their role as members of a civil society.”

Before taking on her professional role at the University of Vermont, Miller was at Brown University. She served at Brown University for 10 years, and became the first native-born African American woman to be given tenure as an associate professor.

Miller is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia where she majored in psychology. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University. As a social psychologist, Miller specializes in the psychosocial development of adolescents.