Each year, the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce awards a member of the community the title of Citizen of the Year. For 2015, Oklahoma Christian University’s own associate professor of business Ken Miller received the honor for devoting his life to public service and distinguishing himself in the fields of banking, education and legislative service.
“I am happy for him,” junior Jackson Ross and Miller’s student said. “Dr. Miller has clearly shown his dedication to being treasurer and educator. His passion for both helps educate students and complete legislative tasks with his constituents in mind. I am glad to see him get recognition for his work.”
In addition to be the Oklahoma treasurer, Miller teaches economic courses at Oklahoma Christian University.
Miller has been teaching at Oklahoma Christian since 1998. He was elected as a republican for the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2004 and stayed in that position until 2010. In 2010, he was the republican nominee for treasurer of Oklahoma and has maintained that position since.
“I think Dr. Miller’s commitment to teaching even while being state treasurer is really admirable,” Ross said. “It confirms his character and servant spirit to me.”
Miller has previously been awarded the “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” award and the Merrick Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Free Enterprise.
“I was stunned and embarrassed by the honor because my work is no more important than many others throughout our community; it is just that my job is more in the public eye,” Miller said, according to Oklahoma Christian’s website. “Being a member of the OC family has long been a reason for the community’s support of me in my public service. This recognition has much to do with my work at Oklahoma Christian as my work at the state capitol.”
According to NewsOK, Millers duties as the state’s financial officer include managing billions of taxpayer money each year, promoting responsible fiscal policy and various other tasks that benefit the state’s overall financial health.
“To me, Dr. Miller is a model of service,” Ross said. “Both his positions demand him to be extremely giving and the fact that he earned his award proves that he is doing a great job.”