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ACU names Harris County extension director Hurley Miller Young Alumnus of the Year for 2005

April 26, 2006

The Abilene Christian University Alumni Association has chosen Hurley Miller ('93) as ACU's Young Alumnus of the Year for the 2005-06 school year. The award will be presented to Miller during Chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, in Moody Coliseum. A reception honoring Hurley will follow Chapel in the Living Room of the McGothlin Campus Center.

Miller works for the Texas Cooperative Extension, part of the Texas A&M University System, and is the county extension director of the Harris County Cooperative Extension in Houston. In his position, his agency reached 1.2 million people in 2004, and he supervises the third largest program in the nation. TCE offers educational programs in family and consumer sciences, agriculture and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, and community and economic development.

Before stepping into his position in Houston, Miller worked in Tarrant County as the county extension agent for 4-H. Participation in 4-H activities increased by 48 percent during his tenure there. His leadership extended to 23 neighborhood 4-H clubs and numerous other programs at local schools, community centers, churches and civic groups.

He has been the recipient of several awards including the USDA Diversity Award, the TCE Superior Service Award and the ACU Outstanding Young Professional Award.

Miller's wife, Cheryl, is also an extension agent in Dallas County. They have one daughter, Madeline.

Miller transferred to ACU from Kilgore Junior College on a football scholarship. While playing for ACU, he was named the Wildcats' Most Valuable Player for the offense in 1991, second team all-Lone Star Conference in 1991 and 1992, team captain his junior and senior year and won a Purple and White coaches award for leadership.

He received his master's degree in agriculture education from Tarleton State University and is currently working on a doctorate in executive educational leadership from Prairie View A&M University.

"The times I spent at ACU are something I cherish because of the people I met, the times we spent on campus and the things we learned in the classroom and on the football field," Miller said. "ACU built a good foundation for me and help me become an adult. I love the school for what it did for me and the generations before and after."

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