Marshall S. Miller (‘66 BS, ‘73 MS)
Growing up as a small child in Bluefield, W.Va., Marshall Miller had a fascination with rocks. Miller was able to turn his childhood fascination into a profitable and enjoyable career. In 1975, he founded Marshall Miller & Associates (MM&A), one of the top engineering and geological consulting firms in the country.
Miller graduated with a bachelor of science from WVU in 1966, and again with a master of science in 1973. He has since been a staunch supporter of academics as well as development and improvement of his hometown and the state of West Virginia.
Although Miller’s work took him to Illinois and Virginia, his love for West Virginia brought him back to Bluefield. As chairman and CEO of MM&A, Marshall has watched his company grow into 11 offices in eight states with more than 150 employees. The firm also has notable markets in China, South America, India, Australia and Canada.
Not only has Miller excelled in the business world, but also in that of academia. He has published more than 25 professional publications on a variety of topics, including a 250-page book mapping and modeling the geology of southwest Virginia. Miller also edited a book on coal in the Appalachians. These publications have helped Miller become recognized as one of the foremost authorities in this industry.
Miller has received numerous honors for his excellence in business and his dedication to the community. In 2004 he was awarded the Robert Hamilton Award for Community Service and was inducted into the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame. A year later, Miller was inducted into the WVU Business Hall of Fame. In 1998, Engineering News Record recognized MM&A as one of the “Top 500 Engineering Design Firms.” He received the Society of Mining Engineers Distinguished Member Award in 1997. The WVU Geology/Geography Department presented Miller with the Alumni Professional Achievement Award in 1995. He was also named the Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine and was recognized as the Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America.
Miller’s commitment to his community remains strong. He co-founded the Bluefield Area Foundation as well as founded the Marshall Miller Foundation where he serves as president. Miller established the Marshall Miller Energy Professorship in the Geology Department at WVU, and is a member of the Advisory Board at the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences. Miller also serves as a board member and past president of the West Virginia University Foundation Board of Directors and was a member of the national campaign committee for the Building Greatness Campaign.
Miller strongly believes that West Virginia has the ability to become one of the nation’s energy leaders and continues to support new technologies, his community, and his alma mater in all that he does. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Bluefield, Va. They have one daughter, Tracy Paine, and one granddaughter, Madison.