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Funds from award to recruit, retain arts faculty

By Staff | Feb 25, 2011

The Shepherd University Foundation has created the Thomas W. Miller Endowed Chair for Visual Arts funded by Thomas Miller. Funds from this faculty excellence award will be used to recruit, recognize and retain outstanding visual arts faculty.

As a 46-year resident of Jefferson County, Miller wants a local entity to benefit from his estate and feels Shepherd is critical to the cultural and economic life of the Eastern Panhandle.

A lifelong artist and retired high school art teacher who also acted as department head for the largest art department in Baltimore City Schools, he hopes it will further develop Shepherd’s visual arts program and ensure financial provisions for future generations of Shepherd students.

Now residing in Shenandoah Junction, Miller takes advantage of his close proximity to Shepherd’s campus by utilizing its various amenities. He has taken more than 40 visual arts credit hours at Shepherd.

Miller made his gift through a bequest in his will, joining the more than 100 members of the Joseph P. McMurran Society who have let Shepherd know they wish to provide for the future of the University with a planned gift or bequest.

For more information about please contact Monica Lingenfelter, Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443-5000, 304-876-5397, mlin genf@shepherd.edu, or visit www.shepherd.edu/fndtnweb.