UNCW chancellor makes case for new job in Ohio

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller was back on the job hunt today, and for the first time since we learned he's been looking we're hearing from Miller himself.

Miller spoke to media, faculty, staff and students at Youngstown State University in Ohio. He's one of three finalists competing for the school's presidency.

"Communities are very very important to universities," Miller said. "That's why I focused on a sense of place."

A sense of place that's made him a finalist for the top spot at Youngstown State and SUNY Buffalo State.

Today Miller was asked why he wanted to leave the Port City in just his third year at UNCW.

"These are great opportunities in American higher education here at youngstown, has a fantastic opportunity to build models in an access imperative environment in close cooperation with the city, and I'm excited the opportunity that is offered here," Miller said.

The position at Youngstown State is not without controversy. The school's previous president left the position after only a few months on the job. That is why faculty today wanted to know if Miller can be trusted.

"It's clear to me this university needs some stability, and I wouldn't be here if I wasn't ready to provide that stability," he said.

Miller started at UNCW in July 2011. He has helped guide the school through the end of the economic downturn. Miller cut expenses at the university in part by a controversial consolidation of certain departments. He has also taken a hard look at the university's athletic programs.

Miller has yet to speak with Wilmington media about his potential new job or his reasons for looking to leave UNCW. A university spokeswoman has said Miller does not want to be a distraction ahead of graduation this weekend.

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