WESTERN TAPS JAMES MILLER
TO LEAD FUND-RAISING EFFORTS
CULLOWHEE – James H. Miller Jr. has been appointed associate vice chancellor for development in the Division of Advancement and External Affairs at Western Carolina University.
Leading the Office of Development, Miller will work with staff coordinating private-sector, universitywide fund raising, which includes the areas of major gifts, planned gifts, annual giving and athletics fund raising.
Miller comes to Western following 16 years in professional fund raising, which started with United Way of Wake County and United Way of North Carolina. He then spent 13 years in institutional advancement at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he led various programs in development, alumni relations and communications.
He served as the statewide field services director for United Way of North Carolina, assistant director of medical alumni development and programs at Duke University Medical Center and senior development officer at the Medical Foundation of North Carolina – the fund-raising arm of the medical schools at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also served previously as executive director of alumni affairs at UNC-CH’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he helped recruit and manage staff responsible for major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, alumni programs and special events.
Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from North Carolina State University and a master’s in business administration from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
“Jim is one of the brightest young professionals in higher education fund raising in North Carolina, and I am delighted he and his wife, Tara, have joined us,” said Clifton Metcalf, vice chancellor for advancement.