Alumnus lauded for service with Leadership Award

Release Date: February 26, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University honored a former athlete and community servant Saturday with the presentation of the Legacy Leadership Award to Richard Miller.

Honoring a person in the community who exemplifies strong leadership through service and inspiring and empowering others to do good, the Legacy Leadership Award is typically presented during the High Plains Leadership Summit held in the fall. But Miller had an emergency arise that meant he could not attend the summit, so the award was held until homecoming.

“With what we know about Dr. Wayland and what a servant leader he was, I think the two of you would be fast friends,” said Hope English, director of development and former director of the Center for Student Leadership, which coordinates the annual summit.

A 1987 graduate of WBU, Miller is an adult probation officer with the Hale County Adult Probation office for nearly 20 years and also serves as pastor of Happy Union Baptist Church, a position he’s held for six years after serving as youth director and deacon for many years. He also conducts marriage seminars and retreats for churches and camps and does other speaking engagements.

“If anyone is deserving of this award, it is him. He is a true servant that we can’t keep up with,” said Sharon Collins, administrator at HUBC. “The energy he gives off and his life of service are so inspiring. He has a heart for the people and unconditional love.”

A native of Alabama, he came to Wayland on a basketball scholarship and was a member of the 1985-86 Pioneers team that went to the finals of the national tournament. Besides his work obligations, Miller is involved in personal training for basketball with students. He also writes songs and has released two albums performing his own work.

Miller and his wife Angela, a director at Central Plains Center, have two children: Tramaine, a senior at PHS, and Daniel, a seventh grader.

In its third year, the Legacy Leadership Award has also been presented to the late Gene Owen, longtime legal counsel for the university, and Phyllis Wall, a longtime community volunteer and WBU friend.