The board of trustees of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, has named Fayneese Miller as the 20th president of the educational institution. When she takes office on July 1, she will be the first African American to lead the university.
Hamline University enrolls about 2,100 undergraduate students and 2,400 graduate students. Blacks make up 6 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Dr. Miller currently serves as dean of the College of Education and Social Services and professor of leadership and developmental sciences at the University of Vermont. She has been on the faculty at the University of Vermont for nearly a decade. Previously, she taught at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, for 20 years, where she was the founding chair of the ethnic studies program. At Brown, Dr. Miller was the first native-born African American woman to be appointed associate professor with tenure.
Professor Miller is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.