“Greetings, scholars” – familiar words for almost 40 years for students in Kent Miller’s government classes at Weatherford College.
“It’s the way he greeted each class,” said Michael Endy, WC dean of academics. “He would tell students that he was there to serve their scholarly pursuits, and, young or old(er), to keep one’s mind young and alive, they must engage in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.”
Good advice that Miller himself followed for many years. And after the 2013 spring semester ended mid-May, his official retirement began, and he’ll have even more time for his own scholarly pursuits.
“I collect books and read a lot,” said Miller. “I have a number of academic interests: civil rights and civil liberties, judicial politics (I collect biographies of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, past and present), the presidency, baseball biographies, country music history, and southern politics, to name a few areas.
“I may try to do some writing but don’t know whether I have the discipline to do so. We shall see.”
Travel is on the agenda, as well as spending more time with his wife, Cynthia, and children and grandchildren.
“Cynthia wants me to take her to France. We love the northeastern part of the United States, particularly Vermont. We both have family in California, so there will be some travel to that state. I also have family in Alabama.”
After a stint in the Air Force, leaving as a captain, Miller arrived at Weatherford College in August 1974, he said, “fresh out of graduate school (University of Oklahoma). I came close to staying in the military, but the lure of graduate school and teaching was too much to overcome. When I arrived at WC, the student population was in the 1,300-1,500 range. Look at it now.”
“Few people I know have had the dedication to Weatherford College and teaching that Kent Miller has,” said Dr. Richard Bowers, vice president of instruction and student services. “He will leave big footsteps to follow.”