More than 125 people turned out last evening to Celebrate a Legend, Roast and Reminisce, Dr. Robert E. Miller, QVCC Founding President and QVCC Foundation Member Emeritus. In a heartfelt program, individuals who represented Bob’s ideals had the opportunity to share their stories about his dedication in helping to establish a college in Northeast Connecticut and his passion for the community where he still resides.
Karen Osbrey, the longest serving QVCC Foundation Member, served as emcee and welcomed stories and anecdotes about Dr. Miller. Profound accolades were shared by Dr. Carlee Drummer, QVCC President, Dianne E. Williams, QVCC President Emeritus; Dr. Cathryn Addy, Former Tunxis Community College President; family members Anne Miller and Paul Miller; Aili Galasyn, QVCC Foundation member emeritus and Regional Advisory Council member; and Joseph Adiletta, QVCC Foundation Vice President. Special thanks to QVCC Alumni Linda Colangelo ’03, who sang a beautiful tribute song for Dr. Miller and Elijah Dufour ‘18, who played piano throughout the night. A tribute video was created in Dr. Miller’s honor and included QVCC’s first employee and former Dean of Administration John Boland, Lynn Pasquerella ’78, President, American Association of Colleges and Universities and many past and current members of the QVCC faculty and staff. Joseph Adiletta had the honor of announcing the newly established Dr. Robert E. Miller Educational Advancement Fund. The fund was established to recognize the incredible role Dr. Miller has played in the lives of thousands of Quinebaug Valley Community College students because of his vision, leadership and commitment to providing access to higher education in Northeast Connecticut. The Foundation will be launching a $1.5 million capital campaign to fund the endowment.
Anne Miller stated, “Last night’s event was a heartwarming tribute to our father from the community he loves. It was a clear example of why Northeast Connecticut is indeed a special place that values the mark that the college and our father’s work has left on the region and its residents. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to honor our father alongside the people who have helped to accomplish the goals he has dedicated his life to.”
For additional information regarding the Dr. Robert E. Miller Educational Endowment Fund, please contact QVCC Director of Institutional Advancement, Monique Wolanin, or 860.932.4174.
Released January 10, 2019