Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson has announced Kate Miller as UA Rich Mountain’s new Vice-Chancellor of Finance and Administration. Miller replaces Morris Boydstun who has announced his retirement from that role but plans to continue as the Bucks Athletic Director and Assistant to the Chancellor.
Miller is a 7th generation Polk County resident who graduated Mena High School while also taking concurrent classes through [then] Rich Mountain Community College. She is a strong advocate for junior/community colleges, attending Connors State College on a livestock judging scholarship. “I highly advocate the junior college route, both for cost savings but also from a maturity standpoint. JuCo gave me the opportunity to grow up a little more before being released into the ‘wild’.” Miller later earned her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.
Miller, who has worked across the country since leaving Mena, is astounded at the changes the college has undergone, “When I came back for the initial tour, I was shocked at how much the campus footprint has grown. The addition of the dorms, student union and sports complex are really an asset to the institution; and I am looking forward to seeing how these additions strengthen recruiting abilities.”
Miller added that the experience she has obtained while developing her career make her an ideal fit for her new role. “I have had many unique experiences in my decade long stint in sales and operations, and while I have many new things to learn, I know there is a great team in place to help make that transition easier. As opposed to the private sector where my focus was on efficiency, my role here will be based on ensuring the experience that UARM students have on campus. This college provides many in the region with the opportunity to reach their own goals, and so I see my role as a supporting cast member to that endeavor by supporting the professors, staff, students and programs that make our campus unique.”
Wilson is proud to welcome someone with such strong local roots to this administrative role, “You hate to lose someone as experienced as Morris, who is responsible for so much of the strategic growth of the college, so we are very grateful that he will continue with us in a different capacity. Kate brings a wealth of experience in business development and operations, along with her enthusiastic appreciation to return home and make a significant impact. We couldn’t be more proud to have her on board with our Rich Mountain family.”
With a renewed appreciation for this part of the country and the people who live here, Miller added, “There is something so special about this town. Yes, there is no privacy, you can never get out of Walmart without seeing half the people you know, and we don't all see life the same way; but we are all truly privileged to live somewhere so beautiful and welcoming. I am looking forward to this season of my life at home, watching the college, the community and my family grow and change.”
In her new role, Miller will primarily oversee the financial operations of the college. Her spare time will be spent doing what she’s always had a passion for, family and farming. “As a family we spend our time working together on the farm, sharing a meal or playing fetch in the yard; and it is those things that I am so grateful to be able to experience again. I have a golden etriever named Ellie, who is over the moon to be back home with her friends and within closer proximity to deeper mudholes to play in.”
UARM will host the Chamber coffee Friday, October 15 at 10 am to give the community an opportunity to meet/welcome Miller back home and into her new administrative role with the college. The event will be held in the Ouachita Center.
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