AUBURN – Auburn University officials dedicated the John C. H. Miller Jr. Writing Center Sept. 24 in the Governor’s Room at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
Speakers included Jay Gogue, Auburn University president; Sarah Newton, Board of Trustees president pro tempore; Margaret Marshall, newly named director of university writing; Sharon Roberts, co-chair of the Writing Initiative Task Force; and Matt Klauza, assistant to the center director and a Ph.D. candidate in English.
Miller’s widow, Susan, spoke of Miller’s love of his work as a trustee and of the university.
“Today is a very special day,” she said. “It’s really fulfilling to see something that Jack believed in become a reality.”
State Sen. Ted Little joined state Rep. Mike Hubbard in presenting a copy of a legislative resolution recognizing Miller.
The center’s namesake, John C. H. “Jack” Miller Jr., served on the Auburn University Board of Trustees from 2000 until his death July 11, 2009. He was the founder and chairman of the Mobile, Ala.-based law firm Miller, Hamilton, Snider and Odom, which merged with Jones Walker in 2008.
Miller, a champion for many Auburn academic programs, spearheaded efforts to improve students’ writing and reasoning skills and he led the creation of the Writing Initiative Task Force. The Board of Trustees in June named the newly established writing center in his honor.
The Miller Writing Center is directed by Isabelle Thompson and staffed by faculty from the Department of English. It has two locations on campus: Haley Center room 3183 and on the second floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.