Kim concluded the faculty as a whole is greatly thankful for Miller having embodied qualities such as academic excellence, integrity, intellectual honesty and human decency.
Fellow distinguished teaching professor Dr. David A. Franzi mentioned he has known Miller for about 25 years and credited Miller for his extensive work in curricular planning, having prepared more than 20 courses for the campus. Franzi also added Miller takes great pride in his heavy involvement with the students.
"We should all take pride in his accomplishments and be thankful for his many contributions," concluded Franzi.
Albert N. Mihalek, executive assistant to dean of arts and science, opened his remarks with a few jokes. He added Miller could be summed up with one word - honest.
"I have worked next door to his office for many years and you get the sense of how a person feels about students and the way they want to deal with those people in listening to them and seeing them day-to-day and [the way he] deals with students who come in to the dean's office who have problems," said Mihalek. "I've never seen a more caring person ... he's absolutely loved."
Miller thanked everyone who attended the ceremony, people who put the ceremony together and his family.
"The last five years have been the best of my career; I've just had a great time teaching and working with students and various situations," said Miller.
The distinguished service professorship is given to "faculty who have achieved a distinguished reputation for service not only to the campus and the university, but also to the community, the state of New York or even the nation, by sustained effort in the application of intellectual skills drawing from the candidate's scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern."