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LeMoyne-Owen College Concludes Dr. Andrea Miller’s Contract, Interim President to be Named

Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, a four-year historically black college in Memphis, announced on Tuesday (June 18) it has voted to conclude Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller’s term as President at the close of contract on Sept. 1, 2019.

“The Board of Trustees is grateful for Dr. Miller’s service and commitment to LeMoyne-Owen for the past four years,” said Dr. Christopher Davis, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We look forward to what the future holds for our institution as we embark upon this new chapter.”

In February, the student government association wrote a letter detailing students’ concerns and calling for Miller to step down. The letter accused Miller of retaining school employers who are relatives and of failing to address mold problems in residence halls. The letter also cited rodent complaints.

Some faculty and staff members submitted a vote of “no confidence” in Miller’s leadership to the Board of Trustees. This decision cited a number of administrative missteps, including questionable hiring and firing decisions, unmet financial goals, and accreditation concerns.

In 2018, HBCU Campaign Fund’s (HCF) President and CEO, Founder, Demetrius Johnson Jr., named Miller as one of “The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders.” Citing Miller for her success of making history by becoming the first women and second alumnus to serve as president of LOC since its founding in 1862. Also, recognizing her for increasing the school’s endowment fund and stabilizing enrollment.

The Board of Trustees will name an interim president of the college soon.

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About LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College is a four-year liberal arts college that provides a transformative experience for students of all ages with a goal of preparing them for future professional endeavors. Located in Memphis, it is the city’s only historically black college, among approximately 100 such institutions remaining nationwide. LeMoyne-Owen College is an accredited institution through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate degree. For more information about LeMoyne-Owen College, visit www.loc.edu.

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