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Morehead State names dean of College of Science

Dr. Wayne Miller
Dr. Wayne Miller

Has served as director of Center for Rural and Community Health

MOREHEAD, Ky. (June 13, 2016) — Dr. Wayne Miller has been named dean of the College of Science at Morehead State University, effective July 1. He succeeds Dr. Roger McNeil, who will retire at the end of June.

Miller comes to MSU from being the director of the Center for Rural and Community Health and professor at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to being a center director, department chair, clinical director, administrative chair and graduate programs coordinator, he has served in several other administrative and management roles within and outside of academia, including several education and health care settings

Miller was hired to build the Center for Rural and Community Health from the ground up. In only a few years, they were awarded several grants to support the center and to support a small workforce. The center is now recognized across the state of West Virginia and is a key player in health initiatives of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. Previously he served as chair of the Exercise Science Department at George Washington University.

Miller received his B.A. degree in physical education/math from Southern Utah State College, M.S. degree in exercise physiology from Utah State University and Ph.D. degree in exercise physiology from Brigham Young University.

Miller’s research has centered on fat metabolism, physical activity, public health, and lifestyle modification. His research spans the breadth from basic biochemistry, investigating the enzymatic regulators of fat metabolism in animals, to the development of weight loss interventions and diabetes management tools for special populations, to physical activity in school children, to training of community health workers, to health literacy. He has published more than 70 research articles in peer reviewed journals, presented more than 130 abstracts and invited talks, and supported much of his research with external funding.