Assistant Director of Career and Academic Development dies May 19

May 27, 2006

Charles. D. "Wayne" Miller, assistant director of the Office of Career and Academic development, died Friday, May 19, as a result of severe pancreatitis. He worked at Abilene Christian University nearly 4 years.

In addition to his focus on career counseling, career exploration and career development research at ACU, his role as assistant director included managing the academic development area. Miller was instrumental in the development of the Discovery Program.

The Discovery Program actively engages students in the process of career development.

"We believe students need to know their personalities, interests, talents and values; understanding the keys to good decision-making; have specific information about different careers; listen to what God has planned for them; and 'try on' different careers before committing to one," said Matt Boisvert, director of career and academic development.

The Discovery Program helps people:

"You see a lot of Wayne in the Discovery Program," Boisvert said. "He is a unique and complex guy. You would understand that the minute you walk into his office. You hear his Celtic music playing, see the perfect replicas of movie props (including Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Star Wars), become curious of his white board filled with detailed models of career development theories and research ideas, learn that his research has been published by career development journals,  observe that he is a husband and the father of four boys, and see the care and attention that he gives to a student struggling to find how they fit in the world."

Wayne grew up in Goldthwaite. He received a bachelor's degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville in the field psychology. He went on to complete a master's degree in psychology at ACU. He married Ida Mary Jane Hawthorne, and they were members at Hamby Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Miller, of Abilene; his parents, Emmett and Patricia Miller, of Hodges; four sons, Darian, Alex, Evan, and Aiden Miller, all of Abilene; his grandfather, Richard Vannoy of Cloudcroft, N.M; a brother, Terry Miller and wife, Beth, and their children, KayLee and Kademon Miller, all of San Antonio; a sister, Tanya Glasscock and husband, James, and their daughter, Emma Glasscock, all of Troy, N.Y.; and several aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be sent to Hamby Church of Christ for the Charles D. Miller Boys, 197 CR 504, Hamby, Texas  79601.

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