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B j s f t g k r i p t Volume 40 Number 5 Forty Years of Fresh Air from the Adirondacks October 30,1987 P r e s i d e n t M i l l e r A n n o u n c e s R e t i r e m e n t As of June 1988, Paul Smith’s College will be losing one of its most energetic, enterprising, and respected members of the administration staff, President Harry K. Miller, Jr. On July 30, 1987, President Miller submitted his letter of resignation to Mr. Donald 0. Benjamin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Paul Smith’s College. The President’s request for retirement was accepted by the Board of Trustees, but not without saying this: “Dr. Miller has given Paul Smith’s the basis from which we’ll grow even stronger in the future,” said Benjamin, “and we’re all most grateful.” President Miller came to this college in 1982, when he was Invited to Paul Smith’s to serve as acting president for one year. The Board quickly extended President Miller’s tenure another year. Then, due to the College’s need for strong leadership, the Board offered him the permanent position. And by June of 1988 President Miller will have served nearly six years as our Chief Administrator. President Miller is more than just a president who sits behind a desk and signs papers: he is outgoing and active with the college; he takes part in many of the sporting events, social activities, and student-related programs on campus. Before Paul Smith's, President Miller served two tours of active duty in the Navy and was a Naval Reserve Officer for 23 years. Additionally, he has been . through two graduate degrees and post-doctoral studies. Enterprising? Yes. President Miller has contributed greatly to strengthening the college. Renovation of the Hotel Saranac, helping to have Paul Smith’s designated as the site for the Adirondack park Visitor Interpretive Center, and the construction of the new residence hall at the Hotel are a few of the many W e l c o m e , D e a n M a t t h e w s projects that benefit the college as well as the local economy. When asked about his plans after Paul Smith’s, President Miller commented, “Mrs. Miller and I plan to spend at least a few months of our retirement home in Prescott, Arizona, and devote some time to visiting our children. It’s time for a change,” states Dr. Miller. Is this his final retirement? “No way. I’m not that kind of a person.” He is too energetic and has too much knowledge and experience to sit back and retire at the age of 65. We wish him the best of luck in whatever his future endeavors may be. And those who have had the pleasure of meeting him may agree when I say that PSC has been fortunate in having such a friendly, informative, and respected president. Thank you, President Miller, and good luck in the future. Mark Skalny We have already been here at Paul Smith’s College for over a month and have seen many new and friendly faces. One of these faces belongs to Dr. George Matthews, the new Academic Dean of PSC. The Adirondack Mountains, as well as Upstate New York itself, are a new experience for Dean Matthews, a native of New York City, and his family, who moved here from Missouri in June. Dean Matthews completed most of his education in the Midwest. He earned his Bachelor’s in Education from Iona College in New Rochelle. From there he went on to complete his Master’s in English from DePaul in Chicago, and then to the University of Iowa for his Doctorate, also in English. His first teaching experience was not in the Midwest or even in New York, but in Kimberley, South Africa. He lived there for five years, where he taught a wide variety of topics, including English and Latin. After five years, Dean Matthews returned to Missouri and began working at Missouri Western State College, where he remained for the next thirteen years. There he also held the position of Chairman of the English Department for a few years and then Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. All these experiences make him i qualified to do a great job as Dean of Paul Smith’s College; he has proved to be an asset to us and the administration. Being the dean of a college is essential and demanding. It’s basically the same as being the vice president of a college or corporation. Dean Matthew’s responsibility is to see that the college’s academic activities run smoothly (which is why Dean Matthews is also called the Academic Dean). The faculty, division heads, and staff all report to him; he reports to President Miller. And if all that doesn’t keep him busy enough, Dr. Matthews is also the Chairman of the Institutional Planning Committee, the committee responsible for the long range plans for the college and the evolution of its programs, as well as a member of the Computer Planning Committee, whose goal is to provide the college with a comprehensive computer system. Dean Matthews hopes to accomplish much. One of his goals is to increase faculty involvement and sponsorship in clubs and student organizations on campus, which would be a benefit to students, especially those in clubs that still don’t have sponsors. He also hopes to raise the student recruitment level and retention rate by involving the faculty more in the search for appropriate types of students that would really benefit from and enjoy Paul Smith’s setting and programs. Desn Matthews is also aiming toward getting proper support and aid for the campus academic and student assistance services, such as the Learning Resource Center, the library, the audio-visual department, and programs for the learning disabled. We at the Post Script, on behalf of everyone, wou’d like to welcome Dean Matthews, his wife, .vhc teaches Accounting and Marketing here at PSC, and his son to the Adirondacks and to Paul Smith’s College. We hope you enjoy it here and have a long and productive stay. Kathy Anderson

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