Sam Miller, Western Carolina University vice chancellor for student affairs, has been named recipient of the John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the University of North Carolina system community by the UNC Association of Student Governments.
The award is given annually in recognition of service to UNC system students and to honor those who advocate in the best interests of the students, contributing to the quality of their lives.
Miller was nominated for the award by T.J. Eaves, president of WCU’s Student Government Association for the 2011-12 academic year. In nominating Miller for the award, Eaves said the vice chancellor “is a valuable asset to not only the students of WCU, but all students in the UNC system. Through his dedication to a great SGA at WCU and his advocacy for students, Dr. Miller has proven his commitment to student success.”
Miller was named to his current post at WCU in June 2007 after serving in student affairs positions at the universities of Alabama, Virginia and Connecticut. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama and a doctoral degree from the University of Virginia.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the student leaders in ASG,” Miller said. “This award also reflects all the great work by the outstanding student affairs team at WCU.”
The Sanders Award, first presented in 2002, is named in honor of John L.Sanders, former director of the UNC Institute of Government.