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January 31 , 2005
HR's Miller to leave after 13 years
BY Eric rangus
After 13 years as Emory's chief human resources officer, Alice Miller will leave Emory later this semester. Tentatively, Miller's last day will be March 31.
"I really believe that in higher education human resources, the best job anywhere is at Emory," said Miller, who was promoted from associate vice president to vice president of HR in 1997; she and former Campus Life VP Frances Lucas-Taucher were Emory's first female vice presidents. "I've been recruited by some of the best schools in the country, and they just don't compare."
When Miller came to Emory in 1991, Human Resources was based in Trimble Hall, it had no computers, and no one could even accurately tell her how many people the University employed.
Upon Miller's departure, the University as a workplace has changed dramatically for the better. During Miller's time, HR greatly expanded its comprehensive wellness programs; created training and leadership development programs, the employee referral program and Emory Temporary Services; instituted an award-winning automated employment process; revamped staff compensation; and Emory's workforce grew an estimated 20 percent, among many accomplishments.
Most recently Emory was named a top employer by Business to Business magazine, an accolade of which Miller said she is most proud. "That just reflects how far we've come, building an institution that has programs responsive to employee needs. Emory has become a model employer."
"I will sincerely miss her as a colleague and member of my leadership team," said Mike Mandl, executive vice president for finance and administration. "During my 18 months at Emory, Alice has brought a sense of commitment, energy and integrity to all that I have asked of her, and for that I am grateful."
Miller, a native of New York, is a graduate of Cornell University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations and a master's degree in economics and organizational behavior. Prior to coming to Emory, she was associate vice chancellor of human resources at North Carolina State University and has held other HR positions at Cornell, Smith Corona Marchant and General Foods Corp.