Earned and Honorary Degrees

MA, Ball State University
EdS, Ball State University
PhD, Ball State University


Dr. Michael A. Miller joined the Northland community as its 13th president on July 1, 2010, following a nationwide search that attracted nearly 200 candidates.

As president, Dr. Miller has continued to build upon the Northland traditions of strong community and innovative curriculum, initiating a campus-wide call to celebrate the trust, faith, and determination upon which the College was founded. Emphasizing open communication and concern for others, he has brought together individuals from all campus constituencies for broad discussions on emerging trends at the College and has supported bold new approaches to growing enrollment and expanding educational and research opportunities for Northland's students.

Dr. Miller is a 1977 cum laude graduate of Hanover College. He pursued his graduate studies at Ball State University, where he earned his MA in educational psychology, his EdS in school and education psychology, and his PhD in school psychology. An accomplished author, educator, and highly regarded expert in the fields of school psychology, assessment and research methodology, and organizational leadership, Dr. Miller has contributed to over thirty publications and major presentations over the course of his career.

Prior to joining Northland, he served as dean of the College of Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. As an educator, Dr. Miller has held faculty appointments at Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota State University, Mankato. As a school psychologist, he has held positions with Ball State University and school districts in Minnesota and Indiana.

Dr. Miller's wife, Mary Trettin, has been a higher education administrator for nearly twenty-five years and most recently served as the associate dean for academic affairs of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. The couple has three adult children, Rachel, Erin, and Mallory, and a lab, Beau.