BRCC Chancellor Andrea Lewis Miller named president of liberal arts college in Memphis _lowres

Andrea Lewis Miller

Andrea Lewis Miller, chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College, on Thursday was named the new president of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, according to a news release from that institution.

She will be the first woman president for the small liberal arts college. She begins the job Sept. 1.

Miller has been chancellor at BRCC since December 2011.

Last year, she authorized a program called “Bears 2 Jaguars” to help students from BRCC and Southern University transfer seamlessly between the two schools.

“Dr. Miller has been an extraordinary leader for community and technical colleges in Louisiana,” Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community and Technical College System president, said late Thursday.

“It really is special to see her have a professional opportunity that allows her to get back to family. I’m very, very happy for her. It’s our loss, and we will certainly celebrate with her.”

Miller earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from LeMoyne-Owen College in 1976 and completed her master’s and doctoral studies at Atlanta University, according to her biography on Louisiana Community and Technical College System website. Before working at BRCC, she served as chancellor of Sowela Technical Community College in Lake Charles from 2007 to 2012.

“I look forward to embracing my alma mater’s shining legacy and helping the institution evolve in today’s higher education marketplace. I want LeMoyne-Owen College to continue to be for others what it was for me: a precious opportunity to learn, grow and eventually find purpose,” Miller said in the release.

LeMoyne-Owen’s current president, Johnnie B. Watson, retires June 30 but will serve until Miller’s arrival, according to the college. The institution, described on its website as a historically black liberal arts college, was created in 1862 to teach freedmen and runaway slaves. It now has a student population of more than 1,000.

Sullivan said he’s not sure which day Miller will end her work at BRCC and couldn’t comment on the search to replace her.