The Robert B. Miller College is named for Robert B. Miller Sr., who was a philanthropist and publisher of the Battle Creek Enquirer. Bob Miller dedicated his life to making the city he loved – Battle Creek – a better place to live. Establishing a foundation to honor his father, Bob Miller set out to provide funding for important initiatives to enhance the quality of life in the community. Bob Miller moved forward, not simply responding to requests from others, but determining community needs through continual observation, then providing leadership to see that those needs were met.
In that spirit, the Miller Foundation Trustees decided, after careful study (See Feasibility Study) and in answer to a community need, to provide funding for planning a college in cooperation with the Binda Foundation. Many potential students are in need of junior and senior level studies leading to a Bachelor’s degree. Due to family and work responsibilities, a large number of these students are unable to travel; therefore, a senior college which offers programs locally became the focus.
The result is Miller College in the Russell G. Mawby Center in Battle Creek. Miller College is the only one of its kind in the state that has an agreement with a neighboring community college (Kellogg Community College). The agreement is such that students may use the community college facilities while attending Miller College. This is a unique arrangement for a public community college to be in collaboration with a private senior college, all to the benefit of students. Facilities and support services are leased through an agreement with KCC.
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