Friday, August 26, 2011

East Campus restoration is topic of business breakfast

Bob Miller, Western Michigan University associate vice president for community outreach, will discuss East Campus restoration during the kickoff of the 2011-12 Keystone Community Bank Breakfast series on Friday, September 30.

Miller's talk, titled "Update on East Campus," begins at 8 a.m. in the Dean's Conference Room in Schneider Hall, home of the WMU Haworth College of Business. The event begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the College dean's office at (269) 387-6059. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Miller came to WMU in 1999 as associate vice president for community outreach. In that capacity, he focuses on developing WMU's Business Technology and Research Park on the Parkview Campus in Kalamazoo and on facilitating numerous services and outreach efforts in the local area and beyond. His duties include overseeing WMU's participation in various community-based projects, serving as the University's point person with Kalamazoo city and county officials, and providing staff support for the WMU Foundation.

Prior to coming to WMU, Miller held management positions with several local companies and was involved in the broadcasting industry for more than 20 years. He is a university alumnus who has worked with the WMU Alumni Association since graduating in 1972 and served as association president in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

Miller also is active in community affairs serving on the City of Kalamazoo’s Economic Development Corp., Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and Local Development Finance Authority.   He is a director for the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Communities in Schools, Downtown Development Association, Downtown Tomorrow, Inc., Local Initiatives Support Corp., the Vine Neighborhood Association and MRC Industries. In addition, Miller is a member of the advisory council for the United States Tennis Association Boy's National Championships.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series is underwritten by Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current business related topics.