Miller has served as the President of the Southwest Applied Technology College for the past 10 years. “It has truly been an honor to serve the Southwest Applied Technology College region, students, employers, Board of Directors, faculty and staff. The association with my fellow Campus Presidents, the UCAT staff, and the UCAT Board of Trustees has also been a highlight of my professional career.”
President Miller’s journey on the campus produced significant growth and leads the way for a bright future. “I am humbled to have worked with such a talented and dedicated group of professionals. Together, we have been blessed to steer and experience the College's growth and development into a secure future epitomized by the Allied Health and Technology building on the horizon.”
"President Miller has been a visionary leader and has dedicated his time and talents to furthering the College's mission. Dana's passion for career and technical education and training is remarkable," said President Rob Brems, Utah College of Applied Technology. "He will be greatly missed."
President Miller humbly shared that his decision to retire was heavily influenced by the perspectives gained after a potentially fatal fall during a hiking excursion two years ago. “As a result, I set several significant goals that I felt needed to be accomplished before I could leave the College without regret. It's very satisfying to see so many significant goals accomplished that are critical for a smooth transition and SWATC's future.”
Trustee Don Roberts stated, “President Miller’s hard work and tenacity in working with local and state government officials has positioned Southwest ATC to be propelled into the future with greatness. His accomplishments will have a lasting impact on education in Southern Utah.”
In the kind and supportive manner that is a cornerstone of his reputation; Miller expressed his support for the College’s mission. “I will miss our friendships and the rewards of working together to meet employers' workforce development needs and provide meaningful career opportunities for Utah's residents. The enduring relationships developed with educational partners, community and civic leaders, and our elected officials have enriched my life.”
Dennis Moser, Chair of the SWATC Board of Directors, shared, “Dana truly cares about the people he works with and the people he serves. He is an exceptional team leader whose talents, dedication and compassion will be missed.”
Miller also shared a glimpse into what his personal future, in retirement, will look like. “It is exciting, but at the same time frightening, to take this significant step in life. I look forward to sharing more of life's adventures with my loving wife, tremendous children, delightful grandchildren and dear friends.”
As would be predicted by any member of the staff and faculty, retirement will not be soaked in leisure for Miller. In his own words, “I doubt the first year of my retirement will even remotely resemble the proverbial rocking chair. The first week will find me running my 20th Wasatch 100 Mile mountain run race in northern Utah. My post-Wasatch recovery plans include several weeks "off the grid" in Utah's Canyon Country, enjoying sunrises, sunsets and time to reflect with Konnie, my wife. Hopefully, we'll also make it to Hawaii to celebrate our 30th anniversary. My first year of relaxation will wrap up on a 3-month, 4,200 mile, cross-country tandem bicycle trip with my 18-year old daughter McKaylie. Seeing the entire breadth of the country at 10 miles per hour should certainly help me adjust to a little more relaxed pace."