Governor Larry Hogan – Official website of the Governor of Maryland

Miller Director of Civic Engagement to focus on history, public service, aand the state of Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Gov. Larry Hogan announced today that he will provide Washington College with $ 1 million in his next fiscal year 2023 budget proposal to fund a new director position within the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience to honor the historic legacy of longtime Maryland Senate Speaker Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr., who passed away in January of this year.

Miller’s Director of Civic Engagement will oversee programs that use history to address contemporary challenges and engage Washington College students in projects that imbue them with a sense of civic responsibility to their communities, their state and their nation. The principal will teach interdisciplinary courses at the college, in addition to leading after-school programs.

“I can think of no better way to honor the life of President Miller and cement his legacy than by funding this director position dedicated to upholding the very principles to which my good friend committed his historic career in public service.” Governor Hogan said. “The programs made possible by this endowment will instill in future generations the same civic spirit, the same appreciation for history and the same love for our state that has made President Miller a giant in Maryland politics for so many decades.”

The Starr Center is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary institute that combines liberal arts and public service through civic engagement programs that serve as models for other institutions of higher education in Maryland and across the country.

President Miller was a longtime friend and staunch supporter of Washington College. In 2007, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his leadership and commitment to the education and well-being of all people in Maryland.

“I am delighted that Governor Hogan has taken this opportunity to celebrate the enormous scope of Mike Miller’s contributions to the State of Maryland through the creation of the Miller Director of Civic Engagement,” said Jack S. Griswold, President of the Board of Visitors and Governors and Past President of Washington College. “Mike was a great friend of the college and of me personally, and I am overwhelmed that his legacy of leadership and public service is preserved through this important work, engaging our students with our communities, our state and our nation.”

Programs initiated, carried out. and supported by Miller’s Director of Civic Engagement will include:

  • Internships, scholarships, and research projects that allow Washington College students to work with some of the most distinguished institutions in the United States.
  • Collaborations with local Maryland nonprofits on projects related to history, civic engagement, and the humanities.
  • The Chesapeake Heartland Project, a major collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which encourages research, public programs and community outreach that promote the Chesapeake region as the heart of the African American heritage.
  • An Ethics and Civic Engagement program that teaches students an ethic of integrity and public service through hands-on programs that bring them to East Coast communities.

Established by the General Assembly of Maryland in 1782, Washington College is the state’s oldest institution of higher education and the first college founded in the newly independent United States.

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