WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Gary Miller is leaving the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
According to a news release, Miller will resign effective July 31 after being named Chancellor-elect of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today.
Miller will continue to lead UNCW through July. He will assume his new role in Wisconsin Aug. 1.
"I have been honored to work with an extraordinary team of faculty, staff and campus leaders at UNCW," Miller said in a statement released by UNCW. "Together we have accomplished so much, and I know they will continue to provide a world-class academic experience for UNCW’s students. The opportunity at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an extremely exciting one that will allow me to continue to make an impact in higher education, through Green Bay's commitment to innovation, access to education for all, community partnerships and economic engagement. The UW system is one of the finest in the country, and I am eager to dive in and discover how I can support the mission and tradition of excellence at Green Bay."
Miller became UNCW's fourth chancellor in July 2011, but it was clear in recent weeks he was ready to leave, though he has yet to make it clear publicly why.
"(My wife) Georgia and I have enjoyed our time in Wilmington and are grateful for the support of this community, and for the friendships we have formed both on- and off-campus," Miller said in his statement. "We are excited to join the Green Bay community after meeting such warm and welcoming people during our visits. I will be leaving UNCW in excellent hands, including those of a top-notch leadership team."
In Green Bay, Miller will be paid $230,000. He made $280,500 at UNCW. He will also take over a school roughly half the size of UNCW. Wisconsin-Green Bay boasts an enrollment of about 6,600 students.
"The Board of Trustees thanks Chancellor Miller for his leadership at UNCW and for his commitment to higher education and most importantly to our students," UNCW Board of Trustees Chair Wendy Murphy said in a statement. "He has continued to lead UNCW on an upward trajectory of student success and high academic standards. Dr. Miller arrived at a very difficult time in higher education and was able to identify efficiencies that further strengthened our campus. We are grateful to both the Chancellor and his wife Georgia for their commitment to this community and the region and wish them nothing but the best as they begin the next chapter in their lives at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay."
Miller was also a finalist for top jobs at Youngstown State University in Ohio and SUNY Buffalo State.