DePaul University’s School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems (CTI), one of the Midwest’s largest information technology schools, named David Miller, a veteran educator and administrator at DePaul CTI for the past quarter-century, its new dean this week.
Miller, who joined DePaul as an assistant professor in 1981, had been serving as CTI’s interim dean since 2005.
In addition to the enthusiastic recommendation of the university search committee and the extensive support of CTI faculty and staff, DePaul Provost Helmut Epp detailed the reasons for Miller’s selection over three other finalists from a national search in a university-wide announcement.
“David has a keen understanding of the emerging needs of the information technology sector and a succinct vision of CTI as a center of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Epp. “His work with both internal and external constituents has been essential to CTI’s ability to meet the challenges of maintaining cutting-edge programs and retaining its reputation for excellence.”
After more than a decade as a faculty member, Miller began the transition to administrator in 1994 as the associate chair of what was then known as the Department of Computer Science. When CTI was established the following year, Miller was named the school’s first associate dean. He continues to teach in CTI’s Institute for Professional Development, a practice that keeps Miller abreast of happenings in the IT sector.
“Teaching helps me to stay current with the latest trends in software development,” he noted.
Miller’s future plans for CTI include continuing the school’s tradition of innovative courses and degree programs in information technology and digital cinema, expanding specialized distance learning offerings and adding programs for students overseas. In addition, Miller wants CTI faculty to continue their entrepreneurial spirit, which has come to define DePaul’s reputation in the technology arena.
“I came to DePaul because Helmut painted a very convincing picture of what computer science would become at this university,” he said. “We have far exceeded anything that was imagined in those days.”
An Ohio native, Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Ohio Wesleyan University, and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago. Miller and his wife reside in Chicago.
DePaul CTI is one of the most innovative and wide-ranging information technology and digital cinema schools in the country. The undergraduate programs enroll 1,125 students and offer 14 different degrees. Approximately 2,000 students are enrolled in its 18 graduate programs. CTI also features a doctoral degree program in computer science. For more information, visit www.cti.depaul.edu.