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SCO has named George Miller, CFRE, as the college’s new Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Miller, who previously worked at SCO nearly a decade ago as Director of Development, brings nearly 20 years of experience as an advancement professional and leader.
“He is a highly qualified, dynamic leader with a proven track record of success in non-profit fundraising and execution of strategic initiatives,” said SCO President Lewis Reich, OD, PhD.
“George has extensive experience working with board members and senior-level executives. He was selected to fill this critical position after an exhaustive national search and extensive interview process. Everyone who interviewed George came away impressed with his enthusiasm, knowledge, and insights into the role of building positive relationships as a cornerstone of fundraising.”
Miller previously served as Senior Account Director at the Gabriel Group, where he developed and executed fundraising campaigns for a number of national nonprofits. Previously, he was Vice President for Operation Smile and The Pursuant Group.
Additional development roles included director-level positions at the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation and Delta State University Foundation. Miller received his MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Delta State University. He earned his Certified Fundraising Executive Credential, CFRE, in 2006. Miller and his wife, Rachel, are the parents of three children and live in Southaven, Mississippi.
“George’s familiarity with SCO was certainly an asset, but his experiences and successes at Operation Smile and with a variety of consulting clients demonstrated the key strengths needed to guide our development and marketing programs,” Dr. Reich added.
Institutional Advancement priorities in 2020 will include connecting with SCO’s alumni base, consistently the college’s most significant group of supporters.
“In fact, Mr. Miller’s expertise will assist future endeavors in identifying key demographics and different alumni segmentation for targeted fundraising appeals, so he, too, appreciates the value of how to best relate and connect with core constituencies,” Dr. Reich said.
Institutional Advancement oversees Development, Alumni Affairs, the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence, Community Engagement, and Communications. Expect to hear more in 2020 about some of the exemplary ideas and processes that Miller will be implementing to enhance SCO’s fundraising and marketing strategies to ensure our continued success.