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Robert and Holly Miller become Champlain College’s top lifetime benefactors

first_imgRobert and Holly Miller become Champlain Colleges top lifetime benefactorsBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College officials announced today that Robert and Holly Miller have become the leading lifetime benefactors of the College. This week, the Burlington couple increased their Power of Three capital campaign pledge to $2.2 million to add their support to the Colleges first endowed chair, a $1 million academic fund created to honor retiring President Roger H. Perry. Over the past dozen years, the Millers have donated $3.75 million to the private, career-oriented college.We support Champlain College to help it move to ever higher levels of excellence and innovation, said Holly Miller, who has served on Champlains board of trustees for 12 years. We also wanted to honor Roger Perrys extraordinary leadership by contributing to the endowed chair. As young people, Holly and I never had the means to get an education, said Robert Miller, owner of REM Development Company. Both of the Millers grew up in Rutland, Vermont. We were originally attracted to Champlain College because of its no-nonsense, career-focused education. The campus and programs have changed, but Holly and I have continued to support Champlain because it never loses sight of its mission.Holly Miller said she appreciates the personal touch thats central to the Champlain College experience. Champlain faculty and staff are willing to go beyond the call of duty to support, teach and inspire each student, she said. Its very personal and translates into the message that Champlain cares about the student as a person as well as caring about the students education.President Roger Perry, who has presided over the College for nearly 13 years, praised the Millers commitment to the institution. Bob and Holly Millers gifts of time, energy and resources mean so much to this college, he said. Theyve been an integral part of the Champlain College community, serving countless hours on trustee committees to ensure that Champlain is able to offer current, effective and market-driven educational programs.Holly Miller has served on the Board of Trustees since 1992 and was chair of the board from 2001 to 2003. As co-chair of the current Presidential Search Committee, she noted, Selecting Champlain Colleges next president is one of the most important decisions trustees will make.The Millers have served on campaign committees and have contributed to Champlains Support-a-Student Scholarship Fund and the Annual Fund. They were lead donors seven years ago in the Uncommon Ground capital campaign that built Champlains high-tech library, which the College named the Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Information Commons to honor the couples generosity.The current Power of Three campaign creates three new facilities on the Champlain campus, including the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology and The Main Street Suites & Conference Center. The third of the three new buildings–the Student Life Complex–is currently under construction. These facilities will enhance the academic and student life experiences at the four-year college. They will also advance Champlains partnerships with Vermont businesses and increase the Colleges already significant impact on the Vermont economy.Champlain College is not the only organization blessed by the Millers generosity, Perry said. When it comes to community service, Bob and Holly Miller truly are local heroes.The Millers have been lead supporters–as volunteers and as benefactors–of many Vermont organizations, including the Visiting Nurse Association, Vermont Respite House, Champlain Valley Exposition and King Street Youth Center. They also support Flynn Arts scholarships for area children at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and they offer college scholarships for students at H.O. Wheeler Elementary School.Champlain College trustees have announced that the Power of Three campaign has raised $15 million to date, exceeding its $12 million goal a full year before the official close of the campaign. The campaign, the most ambitious fund-raising effort in the Colleges 126-year history, included the goal of growing endowment by at least $2 million.As Champlain College prepares for its future and the futures of our graduates, we are deeply grateful for the support weve been receiving from the community, Perry said.# # #last_img read more