June 11, 2015


The LOC Board of Trustees Selects College's First Female President

Baton Rouge Community College Chancellor Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller selected after national search.


Memphis, TN (June 11, 2015) – LeMoyne-Owen College Board of Trustees Chair Robert Lipscomb proudly announced Memphis native and 1976 LOC graduate Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller as the College’s 12th President after an exhaustive national search. “Today marks a new era in LeMoyne- Owen College’s 153-year history,” Lipscomb said to a crowd of community leaders and LOC faculty, alumni, staff, supporters and officials at a press conference earlier today. “Dr. Miller’s qualifications match those we were seeking in the next president, and we are excited to have her join the LOC leadership team.”


Dr. Miller graduated from LeMoyne-Owen with a bachelor’s degree in biology. “I am honored and
humbled by this opportunity to serve an institution that has done so much for me,” she said. “I
look forward to embracing my alma mater’s shining legacy and helping the institution evolve in
today’s higher education marketplace. I want LeMoyne-Owen College to continue to be for others what
it was for me: a precious opportunity to learn, grow and eventually find purpose.”


Lipscomb and fellow Board of Trustees members also were impressed with Dr. Miller’s abilities to
garner support from the community. “She is a talented fundraiser who has inspired individuals,
organizations, foundations and corporations to donate millions of dollars to her respective
institutions,” Lipscomb said. “We are confident that her ability to nurture and forge fruitful
alliances and relationships will prove to be beneficial for LeMoyne-Owen as well.”

Dr. Miller has served as chancellor for Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana since 2012. She
also served as chancellor at Sowela Technical Community College in Lake Charles, La. between 2007
and 2012. In addition to her experience as a chief executive officer in higher education, Dr. Miller has served in leadership roles at Southwest Community College in Memphis and LeMoyne- Owen College where she started out as a biology professor and rose through the ranks to the> position of vice-president of academic affairs.


Dr. Miller holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Cell and Developmental Biology from Atlanta University.
She is scheduled to assume the presidency Sept. 1. Current President Johnnie B. Watson officially
retires June 30, but will serve until her arrival. (CV)

LeMoyne-Owen College provides a transformative experience educating students for urban- focused
leadership, scholarship, service and professional careers. The American Missionary Association
founded the College in 1862 to educate freedmen and runaway slaves at the Union Army’s Camp Shiloh
in Shiloh, Tennessee. Today, the LeMoyne-Owen has a student body of more than 1,000 students and
offers 4-year degrees in five disciplines: Business and Economic Development; Education; Fine Arts
and Humanities; Natural and Mathematical Sciences; and, Social and Behavioral and Sciences.
LeMoyne-Owen College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission
on Colleges to award the baccalaureate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern
Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of
LeMoyne-Owen College.



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