Tracy Miller, a transfer advising program manager in Academic Advising, is the first member of Towson University’s staff to receive the President’s Award for Distinguished Service to the University.
Miller accepted the award—an engraved bowl and $2,500— from President Maravene Loeschke at the president’s annual address, which was held September 12 in Stephens Hall Theatre.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an exemplary member of the staff who has made a significant contribution to the university during 20 or more years of experience in his or her profession, with at least 15 years of that service at Towson University.
Loeschke described Miller as “devoted to ensuring a quality student experience. Her every action embodies service, excellence, dedication and love for Towson University and its students.”
Miller has worked at Towson University for 35 years, acquiring a breadth of experience that spans the Executive, Student Affairs and Academic Affairs divisions. She is currently the transfer advising program manager, working with students and academic and administrative departments to oversee transfer students’ success.
An adviser and advocate for Towson’s student veterans, she served on the Veterans Concerns Committee, which spearheaded the creation of Towson’s Veterans Center.
The parent of two sons and the proud grandmother of a granddaughter, Miller became a Gold Star mother in 2004 when her younger son, Marine Cpl. Nicholas Ziolkowski, was killed in Iraq. She established a scholarship in his name to help to fund student-veterans at Towson.
“I’ve been fortunate to have been able to take advantage of so much that Towson offers,” Miller says. “That includes campus daycare and elementary school for my sons and graduate school for me, as well as wonderful, caring colleagues and the opportunity to serve—and learn from—generations of Towson University students.
“Towson has given me so much,” she adds. “I’ve tried to give back.”