Two former Southeastern Louisiana University vice presidents were honored with emeritus honors Aug. 15 at the university’s annual Faculty-Staff Convocation.
Southeastern President John L. Crain presented plaques designating emeritus status in recognition of distinguished and extraordinary service to Joseph Miller, former dean of the College of Business and vice president for advancement, and Stephen M. Smith, former vice president for administration and finance. Both are residents of Hammond and alumni of the university, a news release from the university said.
Miller served the university for 38 years before he retired in 2008. He joined the faculty in the College of Business in 1970, where he earned promotion to head of the Department of Marketing and Economics and later dean of the college, where he led the college’s successful effort to earn national accreditation by AACSB. He joined the university administration as vice president for advancement, where he supervised several major capital campaigns, including the Commitment to Excellence Campaign that raised more than $25 million for academic support. He also led a Campaign for the Visual Arts and the university’s fund raising effort to bring back football, the release said.
Smith earned both an accounting degree and MBA at Southeastern and spent most of his professional life at the university, starting in 1977 as a financial reporting accountant. He was promoted to assistant controller in 1988 and named controller in 1980. In 1990, he was appointed vice president, a position he held for 22 years. He served as an adviser to several university presidents and was called upon for his money management skills during the recent years of dwindling financial resources from the state. Smith retired in 2012 with 35 years of service to the university and continues to serve as part time interim budget director, the release said.