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How did the Steve Miller Outstanding Employee Award get its name?

Steve MillerUNT’s highest staff honor is named for alumnus Stephen C. “Steve” Miller, who also served at UNT for 33 years.

Miller first came to UNT in 1967 as a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in finance. After earning his finance degree in 1971, he joined the university’s human resources staff a month later. He worked his way up in the university personnel office and became the department’s director in 1991. In 2001, the UNT System Board of Regents promoted him to assistant vice president for human resources.

Throughout his career, Miller was known as a dedicated employee and administrator who celebrated the success of his staff, never missing an opportunity to recognize their ability and willingness to work together. His colleagues remember him for his strong ethics and drive to treat people fairly even when it was difficult. Miller passed in 2005 at age 56 after battling cancer.

His career accomplishments include:

  • Putting in place an employee assistance program
  • Starting the Soaring Eagle Club to recognize outstanding service to UNT
  • Developing the Service Leadership Program for administrators
  • Promoting and fostering high quality service and diversity through the university’s Service Advantage and diversity programs.

In 2005, UNT fittingly renamed its top employee award the Steve Miller Outstanding Employee Award to recognize his outstanding contributions to UNT and its employees. It is the highest honor a UNT staff member can receive. The Steve Miller Human Resources Scholarship also was established in his honor.

—Matthew Zabel, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Posted on: Tue 03 March 2015

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