New SLCC Business College named after Gail Miller | opinion

Role models can have an extraordinary impact on personal and professional life. As President of Salt Lake Community College, I myself have had the privilege of learning from many inspiring people over the years. I have seen the power of role models among students as they take their first steps on their college journey.

One of the role models in my life is philanthropist and businesswoman Gail Miller. As the owner of the Larry H. Miller Company and Chair of the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, Gail is one of the most successful business people in the United States and a powerful force in building our community for the better.

In October, Gail and the Miller Family Foundation generously donated $10 million to transform SLCC’s School of Business. This gift is unprecedented for the college and will benefit generations of students seeking bright futures for themselves and their families.

To honor this gift and to show our immense gratitude, we have named our business school the Gail Miller School of Business, the only business school in Utah and one of only a few in the country to be named exclusively for a woman.

While this new name reinforces Gail’s amazing leadership skills and the success she has achieved through hard work, courage, integrity and dedication, it also serves to inspire our business students, particularly those who are women.

Gail Miller’s influence is a tremendous signal to young women everywhere that they too belong in the C-suite. With women making up nearly 57% of SLCC graduates and business being the second most popular major in college, this name change comes at the perfect time when thousands of students each year are motivated by Gail’s many achievements and her drive to do good.

This gift will allow SLCC to renovate and expand our 50,000 square foot commercial building to include a larger high-tech auditorium, Kickstarter rooms for entrepreneurs, and enhanced learning environments. SLCC will offer more impactful learning opportunities in our business curricula, such as: Like our new Business Scholars program, which requires students to create purposeful projects that connect to our community and benefit those in need. The aim is to encourage students to show generosity in their learning and to work together in a spirit of good faith and good will. This directly reflects the Millers’ modus operandi.

We are grateful and very proud to work with Gail Miller and the Miller family, and we appreciate what they have set an example for others in Utah and across the country to use their good fortune to uplift others. Gail Miller put it perfectly during her gift announcement: “Share what you have. Use your time, talents, and resources to serve. … Giving back and sharing not only helps those around you, it gives you a new perspective.” Salt Lake Community College looks forward to many years of encouraging our students to succeed like the Millers did by they are positive role models and serve our community.

dr Deneece G. Huftalin is President of Salt Lake Community College, Utah’s largest two-year college that educates the state’s most diverse student body in eight majors at 10 campuses and online.


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