FORT WAYNE, Ind. (5/24/11) - The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic
Conference (WHAC) didn't look far to find its first full-time commissioner. The
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member hired a former
part-time commissioner of the WHAC and former NAIA director of Champions of Character initiatives Rob
Miller to lead the conference.
Eight institutions comprised the
WHAC since the 2005-06 academic year: Aquinas College (Mich.), Concordia
University (Mich.), Cornerstone University (Mich.), Davenport University
(Ohio), Indiana Institute of Technology, Madonna University (Mich.), University
of Michigan-Dearborn, and Siena Heights University (Mich.). The conference
expanded in 2010 when University of Northwestern Ohio joined and will have 10
institutions when Lourdes College (Ohio) becomes a member for the 2011-12
"The presidents of WHAC schools
recognized the growth of the conference warranted a full-time commissioner,"
said WHAC president Dr. Arthur Snyder. "Rob Miller is the right person to lead
the conference into the future."
Miller's history with college
athletic administration is extensive. He spent the last three years as
commissioner of the Sun Conference and guided the league through an expansion
phase and a name change. As the NAIA's director of Champions of Character for eight years, he pioneered the
organization's efforts to change the culture of sport through character. He
also served as a regional director for six of the 14 NAIA regions.
Prior to joining the NAIA, Miller
led the National Christian College Athletic Association for 5 years and served
the WHAC as part-time commissioner from 1992-97. Miller earned his
undergraduate degree in Education from Spring Arbor University in 1986 and his
Master's degree in Sports Administration from Michigan State University.
"Rob is familiar with our
conference and a seasoned NAIA conference commissioner," added Dr. Snyder. "He
will serve our student-athletes well."
Miller's leadership is of the
highest caliber. He was honored with the Mike Krzyzewski-College of the Ozarks
Leadership Award in 2004 and was named a Spring Arbor Alumni Young Leader the
same year. In 2007, he received the Win the Tip Honoring the Profession Award.
He currently sits on the NAIA National Administration Council and is a member
of NACDA and Win the Tip Basketball Network. He also served on the steering
committee for the USA Coaching Coalition from 2002-2007.
"I am excited to work again with
people and institutions I hold in high regard," said Miller. "The opportunity
to help lead the WHAC is an exciting challenge. Our main goal as we work
together is to provide the student-athletes we represent with a great
start date is July 1; however, he is consulting with the WHAC on a case-by-case