CU's KHIPP to host Bill Miller, journalist, educator, consultant

CU's KHIPP to host Bill Miller, journalist, educator, consultant

Oct. 10, 2011
For Immediate Release


By Natasha West, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Bill Miller, journalist, educator, television and radio moderator and founder of Miller and Associates Federal and International Relations Consultants, will be the guest speaker at Campbellsville University’s Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy (KHIPP) event Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. located in the Banquet Hall of the Badgett Academic Support Center on 110 University drive, Campellsville.

The event will include a discussion on the future of the United Nations, called “Viability of the United Nations in 2011,” and whether the organization remains viable in the 21st century.

This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

“The United Nations remains an important international organization in the 21st century,” John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant the president at CU, said. Chowning is also the founder of KHIPP.

“While many Americans have mixed feelings about the UN and it has had mixed results as a peace-keeping organization, the UN remains at the center of most international debates. In recent weeks, a series of major addresses have been by world leaders have been given at the United Nations.”

Chowning said, “The UN is active in many areas of world affairs. In addition to providing the site for the UN, the United States remains the largest donor nation and wields tremendous influence within the internal operations of the UN.

“Bill Miller brings some real-world understanding of the viability of the United Nations and the role the UN will play in the years ahead.”

Miller was formerly worked with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC), which is the bipartisan staff for the Kentucky General Assembly, from 1977 to 1999 primarily as a federal/international relations specialist and assistant public information officer.

Upon retirement, he established Miller and Associates Federal and International Relations Media Consultants, and he serves on the Kentucky United Nations Association Board of Directors.

A native of Louisville, Miller holds a Master’s of Science of Social Work from the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work and a Master’s of Public Administration from Kentucky State University.

Miller, as a public service, produces and moderates “Frankfort’s Global Connection” and “Louisville’s Global Connection” television programs. They are the only internationally related TV talk shows of their type in Kentucky, and some of the very few around the United States. In recognition of these unique programs, Miller received the 2002 Earl Eames Award for Technological Innovation presented by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA).

He is the producer/moderator of “Global Connections Television,” which does most of its tapings at the United Nations in New York. To view some GCTV programs, Google “Global Connections Television with Bill Miller.”

Miller helped develop international education programs at the local level and the “Rotary Day at the United Nations Program.” He was president of the Frankfort Rotary Club (2000-01) and was the Rotary District 6710 Governor (2003-2004).

He was appointed as a Rotary Alternate Representative to the United Nations (2007-10). He has 28 years of perfect attendance as a Rotarian. He has served for several years as the District 6710 WCS Committee Chair. In 2009, Miller was President D.K. Lee’s Representative to District 6580’s District Conference.

Miller served as chairperson of the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) Council of Chapters and Division Presidents, which consists of UNA-USA’s 175 chapters and 23,000 members, from 1988 to 1991. UNA-USA is not part of the United Nations; however, it is the largest nonpartisan research and membership based foreign policy association in the US dedicated to a discussion of international-local issues. In 1994, he won the UNA-USA’s prestigious Arnold Goodman Award for Outstanding Leadership. He serves on the UNA Board of Directors.

 Miller, an international relations specialist, has written numerous articles on the United Nations for newspapers, such as the Lexington-Herald Leader and the Washington International.

In 2006, Miller launched a unique course titled “The United Nations: Public Administration in the International Arena” in the Graduate School of Public Administration at Kentucky State University (KSU). This was the first international public administration course focusing specifically on the UN developed in any school of public administration in the U.S.

Miller has been actively involved in Toastmasters International since 1998. He has served as Southern Division Governor and Vice President for Public Relations and Membership in the Frankfort Capital City Toastmasters’ Club. He has achieved his Advanced Toastmasters Silver and Competent Leader Awards.

Miller has served as chairperson of the National Conference of State Legislature’s International Task Force, and as a member of the Council of State Governments International Committee and as Chair of the American Society of Public Administrators International Committee.

Miller is fluent in Spanish, semi-fluent in French, and has studied German, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese. He has lived in and/or visited 78 countries.

Miller and his wife, Paula, who is a retired language arts teacher, live in the historic district of South Frankfort in the state capital.

For more information about KHIPP, contact Chowning at jechowning@campbellsville.edu or at 270-789-5520.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.

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