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FAU Barry Kaye College of Business Dedicates Boardroom in Honor of Dr. Eugene Miller for Outstanding Service and Support

BOCA RATON, FL (March 5, 2006) – Faculty and staff of Florida Atlantic University’s Barry Kaye College of Business recently dedicated the College’s boardroom in honor of Dr. Eugene Miller, adjunct professor and executive-in-residence.  

Miller was honored for his outstanding service and support of the college.   Since 1991, when he was appointed to the faculty, Miller created a unique course, now called the Executive Factor, which brought onto the college campus more than 140 CEOs to lecture to MBA students.   Its concept was to bring the real world of business into the college classrooms.   Two of the guest lecturers, who had never been on the FAU campus previously, donated $20 million to the College of Business.

The course, inaugurated by Miller, is one of the most popular MBA courses and includes chief executives from both public and private companies, large and small.   Some of the more familiar names involved include Bernard Marcus, chairman of Home Depot; Michael Jackson, CEO of AutoNation; Larry Phillips Van Heusen and Pat Moran of JM Enterprises; and Sam Zell, head of one of the country’s largest real estate firms.

Miller had a career not only as an educator but as a business executive, journalist and public servant.   He has been described in a number of articles as a “Man of Many Hats.”

As a business executive, Miller served as vice president of McGraw Hill, Inc., senior vice president of the New York Stock Exchange, senior vice president of CNA Financial Corporation, vice chairman and CFO of USG Corporation (United States Gypsum Company), and CEO of the Ideon Group.   He was director of as many as 12 companies and currently serves on several boards.

As a journalist, Miller was a reporter and city editor of the Greensboro Daily News (N.C.), then Southwest bureau chief for Business Week magazine, and then at age 29, he served as associate managing editor of the magazine in New York City.   Miller wrote hundreds of magazine articles and was a syndicated columnist for Newsday Syndicate in New York.   He is also a book author, and the creator and current editor of the Barron’s Guide to Graduate Business Schools now in its 15 th edition.   Miller also served as business editor of the NBC-TV “Today” show when Dave Garroway was the host.   He was a founder of the Society “American Business Editors and Writers,” which currently has a membership of over 3,500.

In the academic world, Miller has been an adjunct professor for more than 50 years, beginning at the University of Houston.   He was also a professor at the graduate schools of business at New York University and Fordham University, and started the Business and Management Department at Northwestern Illinois University in Chicago.   Miller has five degrees, including an honorary doctorate from Bethany College (W. Va.), where he has been a trustee for 46 years.   He also was executive-in residence at the graduate business schools at the University of Toronto, Wyoming and Illinois.

In the public service field, Miller served in the Navy during World War II and remained in the Naval Reserve for more than 20 years, retiring as a commander.   On leave from Business Week magazine, he was a speechwriter for President Eisenhower during the 1956 re-election campaign.   From 1961 to 1963, Miller was a consultant to Secretary of Commerce Luther Hodges.

Miller is married to the former Thelma Gottlieb, and he has three sons, two stepsons and 10 grandchildren.   The Millers live in Boca Raton.  

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