Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees Chair Gail Miller has been chosen to receive the Association of Community College Trustees Pacific Region Trustee Leadership award. Miller will be given the award at the 47th annual ACCT Leadership Congress in New Orleans in October.
“Our college has no truer friend, advocate, benefactor or inspirational leader than Gail Miller,” said Clint Ensign, Vice Chair of the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees. “In SLCC’s long history, it is hard to remember an individual who has produced as great an effect on the College.”
Miller became a SLCC trustee in 2004 and has been chair since 2013. “She is a tireless champion for the College and its students with the governor, state legislators, our congressional delegates, the Utah State Board of Regents and the business community,” said SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin. “It’s an honor to have her serve the College in such a critical role.”
During Miller’s time on the board, SLCC has added the Center for Arts & Media at South City Campus and the Academic and Administration Building on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The College has also added the Washington D.C. internship program, secured funding for Westpointe Training and Education Center and, just recently, the college-wide initiative SLCC Promise, which helps qualifying students pay for their college education where federal funds fall short.
Between 1998 and 2006, Gail and Larry Miller constructed and donated a $130 million seven-building complex to SLCC known as the Miller Campus, where over 1,000 students access state-of-the-art resources for automotive training, public safety education, entrepreneurial development, corporate partnerships and culinary arts. Gail owns and chairs The Larry H. Miller Group, which operates professional sports teams, automotive, entertainment, media and other enterprises that employ over 10,000 people. Each year Miller lends her name and support to an annual SLCC golf tournament, helping to raise $600,000 over four years, funding 30 student scholarships each year.
The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation was formed in 2007 to allow the philanthropic spirit, which Larry and Gail have so graciously established, to continue for generations to come. Larry H. Miller built a legacy of giving back to the communities where he conducted business. Today, his wish to "Go about doing good until there is too much good in the world" is what inspires Gail Miller and the Miller family, as well as the entire Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and its employees to continue the legacy he started.
The Millers’ love of education inspired them to create the Larry H. Miller Education Foundation. Instituted in 1996, its purpose is to provide educational assistance to dependent children of full-time employees of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Since its inception, the LHM Education Foundation has helped more than 3,150 students at 60 different universities or trade schools throughout the United States.
Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 61,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.