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Retiring as professor emeritus of art, Dr. Jerry Miller spent the past 30 years at Central helping to stimulate the creative interests of students of all ages.
After teaching in Richmond and Cape Girardeau, Dr. Miller came to Central in 1969 as an art teacher in the university’s Laboratory School. When that facility closed in the late 1970s, he began teaching at the college level, and in 1988 became chair of the Department of Art.
In addition to overseeing the operation of the art department and its Art Education Program, Dr. Miller was active in many types of university service activities, including serving on the James C. Kirkpatrick Library steering committee and the University Union Renovation Advisory Board, as well as serving as a former chair of the Academic Council and the campus Sculpture Advisory Committee.
Dr. Miller’s efforts have been recognized by his peers in the form of several awards. These include the Distinguished Faculty Award presented by the College of Arts and Sciences in 1987, and the Missouri Art Educator of the Year Award presented in 1987 by the Missouri Art Education Association. He was nominated for the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award in 1996.
Dr. Miller received his bachelor’s degree from Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville; master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia; education specialist degree from Central; and doctorate from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
He and his wife, Joyce, are the parents of two sons, Jeff and Jay.