OGDEN, Utah – Recognized as one of Utah’s most influential businesswomen and entrepreneurs, Gail Miller will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Weber State University at its 140th commencement on Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.
Miller, who is sole owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and chair of the organization’s advisory board, will also deliver the commencement address.
“Gail Miller was selected by the WSU Board of Trustees for her exceptional leadership in business and higher education,” said President Ann Millner. “She is a role model for engagement in the community and making Utah a better place to live, work and learn.”
After years of partnering with her late husband in the establishment and growth of the business empire, Miller now oversees the venture that encompasses more than 75 businesses, including the Utah Jazz, Salt Lake Bees and Megaplex Cinemas. Miller is also the steward to several personal charitable initiatives supporting children’s health and educational programs.
A strong advocate of higher education in Utah, Miller has a record of generous financial contributions to WSU and other Utah universities, serving as vice chair of the board of trustees at Salt Lake Community College and as a member of the National Advisory Council at the University of Utah.
Previous honors include the 2012 ATHENA award from the Salt Lake Chamber, an honorary doctorate from SLCC, an honorary alumni award from Brigham Young University, the Silver Beaver and Outstanding Women in Scouting awards from the Boy Scouts of America, the Most Influential Sports Figure in Utah award from the Salt Lake Tribune and the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Decade award that she shares with her late husband.
Miller married Kim Wilson this past summer combining their families to include nine children, 30 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
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Bev Rudd, event coordinator, University Advancement
Kimberly Jensen, University Communications