Thomas I. "Tim" Miller is an American academic administrator and accountant. He was the 12th president of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. He retired as president on July 13, 2014.
Tim Miller graduated from Murray State University in 1966 with his bachelor's degree in accounting. As an undergraduate student, Miller was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and he was a charter member of Murray State's chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity. He went on to earn his Master of Business Administration degree from Murray State in 1967. In 1973 he completed his doctorate in accounting at the University of Arkansas.
Miller began his teaching career as a graduate student in 1967. He eventually was promoted to chairman of the accounting department at Murray State, and he held that position for two different times: from 1977 to 1981 and 1985 to 1998. Miller also served as executive director of the Murray State Foundation from 1991 to 2010. He was named the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Business and Public Affairs in 1982, the Outstanding Teacher in the Department of Accounting in 1998–99, and the Regents Award winner for Teaching Excellence in the College of Business and Public Affairs in 2008. He was selected the university's Distinguished Professor by the MSU Alumni Association in 1991.
Outside of his higher education career, Miller has worked as either an owner or partner of a public accounting firm since 1978. He was a partner in the firm of Miller & Wilson CPAs from 1993 through 2010. He continued on as an employee with the firm after 2010. Miller has also served on a number of boards of directors, including the Murray Electric System, Heritage Bank, and Murray-Calloway County Hospital.
Murray State presidency
Tim Miller was appointed in 2006 to his first of two terms as interim president of Murray State University. He served in the position after the departure of F. King Alexander and prior to the arrival of Randy Dunn.
In June 2013, following the departure of Randy Dunn, the Murray State Board of Regents voted unanimously to once again name Tim Miller as the interim president of the university. In March 2014, the board voted to remove interim from Miller's title, naming him officially as the 12th president of Murray State University. Miller would continue to serve as president until his retirement in July 2014, when Robert Davies would assume the duties as the 13th president of Murray State. Miller is the only graduate of Murray State to ever be appointed to the position of president of the university.
Miller is married to the former Patsy Purdom of Murray. They have a son, Mark, and a daughter, Anne. They all graduated from Murray State University.