Nora Miller, 15th President

Office of the President

Nora Miller


When I entered The W as a freshman in 1979, I knew no one on campus. I found a welcoming, nurturing environment that led me to quickly make friends and feel at home.

Two W degrees and many years later, I have cherished friendships from those days and a career built on the outstanding education I received from professors who cared. Today, I am proud to lead my alma mater as President.

I know firsthand that whatever your interests, The W can provide the support and the opportunities to reach your goals. We care about our students as individuals, and we offer learning opportunities in ways to meet your needs.

You may choose to be a residential student and take advantage of participation in student government, social and academic societies, athletics, or one of more than 70 student organizations. You may elect to take some on-campus and some online courses. Or, if you’re a working adult, The W offers several completely online degree options. We also offer one of the most affordable tuition structures of any university in the region.

I invite you to learn more about the promise and opportunity of our university. There’s a place here for you!

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We invite you to visit our beautiful campus, tour, and learn more. There’s something special about The W, and we’re here to welcome you.


Nora R. Miller
15th President of the University

Transition priorities

  1. Listening. I have made a commitment to hear from faculty and staff to identify areas of need and concern. To date, I have held 11 listening sessions, with more planned. It is important to hear voices from every area as the campus experiences leadership transition. Two themes have emerged: the need for increased communication and relationship-building across campus; and attention to improving overall employee morale. I will continue discussions to develop collaborative strategies to respond to concerns we identify, seeking feedback as these are implemented. Our faculty and staff create the excellence for which The W is known, and, with available resources and creative approaches, I want to support their needs.
  2. Developing a shared sense of responsibility for financial sustainability. While we are grateful for resources allocated by the state to support higher education, we are keenly aware of the many demands on state dollars. Increasingly, higher education nationwide is, by necessity, becoming more focused on reallocating existing resources to meet student and market demand, as well as increasing efforts to raise private dollars. We will continue to exercise best practices to be responsible stewards of state and private dollars. It is our shared responsibility to ensure financial stability of the university long into the future, and this will be an area of immediate focus.
  3. Identifying ways to strengthen recruitment, retention and completion. Our mission and our primary responsibility is education that empowers our students. We have laid a strong foundation with the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council, and this work will continue. We must base decisions on data that allows us to plan objectively and realistically for sustained growth. I will be working closely with the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to identify academic priorities and potential areas of growth.