New Admissions Dean
Jim Miller, the new Dean of Admissions, loves Bowdoin College.
He calls it "one of the great places in America." In fact, though
Dean Miller did miss being on a college campus, he was perfectly happy
at his previous job with the College Board. But when he heard his mentor,
Dean Steele, who he describes as "one of my favorite people,"
was retiring, he jumped at the chance to apply for the position.
Originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania, Dean Miller
earned his undergraduate degree in American History from Brown University.
He had initially anticipated being a lawyer but instead ended up earning
a master's in communication from Michigan State University. Afterwards,
he had a short career as a consultant for television.
From there, he returned to what he jokes is a "hereditary"
affinity for positions in education. His brother, sister, parents, aunts,
grandmother, and grandfather were teachers, and the next job Miller took
was in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard College.
During part of his employment there, he lived in the freshmen dorms as
a proctor and was also an academic advisor. Miller thought he would be
there for a year, he ended up staying for twenty-one. When he decided
it was "time to do something else," he had been Director of
Financial Aid for seventeen years.
For his next job, he returned to his alma mater for about
a year and was involved in fundraising. There after, he began a new job
with product development in a technology production center for the College
Board. He was still living in Boston at the time and commuted to Virginia
After his two year-long positions, Miller is at Bowdoin
to stay. He works long hours, 60 to 70 a week, but loves his position
and especially loves his location. He is "happy with the transition"
to Maine and says his job has "been what I thought and hoped it would
be." He deems the faculty and students alike as "high-quality
folks." He favorably compares Bowdoin to Harvard, saying their differences
are "a matter of scale." With his conviction that Bowdoin is
a "first rate" institution, Dean Miller "expect[s] to be
here for a long time."