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Fayneese Miller named new Hamline University president

Miller, who’s been dean of the College of Education at the University of Vermont for the past 10 years, will be Hamline’s first African-American president.

Fayneese Miller
Fayneese Miller

Fayneese Miller has been named the new president of Hamline University in St. Paul.

Miller has been dean of the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont for the past 10 years. She succeeds Linda Hanson, who is retiring after 10 years as Hamline’s president.

Hamline says Miller will be the university’s first African American president. She starts July 1.

Bob Klas, Jr., chair of the Hamline Board, called Miller “a champion of collaborative governance and values voices of students, faculty, and staff.”

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Miller called Hamline “an institution that values social justice, equity, inclusion, and civic engagement through its service-learning opportunities for students, curriculum offerings and innocence initiative.”

Before her time at the University of Vermont, she spent 20 years at Brown University, where she founded an ethnic studies program and was director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.