Col. David Miller
Interim Director, Center for Leadership and Ethics
Colonel David Miller was appointed as the Interim Director of the Virginia Military Institute Center for Leadership & Ethics in August of 2013. Miller also serves as the Director of the Institute’s Office of International Programs, the office responsible for hosting international cadets at VMI and administering the Institute’s various study abroad programs. He assumed his duties at VMI after 25 years of government service, having retired from the United States Air Force at the rank of Colonel in 2012.
Colonel Miller was commissioned in 1987 as a distinguished military graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. During his career, which included overseas postings in Japan, Canada and Kuwait, he had multiple flying tours, primarily in the T-38 and C-130 aircraft, served as a member of the Air Force Academy faculty, and at United States Joint Forces Command as well as the Air Force Headquarters in the Pentagon. He is rated as a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours. A combat veteran, Colonel Miller participated in air and ground missions in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.
Colonel Miller served in six positions of command in the U.S. and in overseas contingency operations. He has led a C-130 operations support squadron in Abilene, Texas, two expeditionary C-130 airlift squadrons in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, an expeditionary C-130 operations group in Kuwait, the Headquarters Air Force Operations Group and VMI’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment.
As the commander of the Air Force Operations Group at the Pentagon, he led the Air Force Watch and served as the Crisis Action Team director during the Haiti earthquake relief efforts, the aftermath of the Japan tsunami/nuclear accident, and Libya operations.
While at VMI, Colonel Miller has assisted with duties in barracks as a member of the Commandant’s staff and also taught academic courses in Leadership and National Security Policy.
Colonel Miller holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also served as a National Defense Fellow at the Queen’s Centre for International Relations in Canada, where his research focused on North American defense policy cooperation and decision-making.
He and his wife, Cameron, are the proud parents of four sons and two daughters.