Bachelor, Transylvania College, 1959. Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 1964. Doctor of Education, Indiana University, 1975.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Transylvania University, 1993. Degree (honorary), Chungnam National University, Korea, 2000. Doctor in Public Service, South Dakota State University, 2006.
Teacher Horace Mann High School, Gary, Indiana, 1959-1964. Instructor English American Institute Banking, 1969-1970, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, 1965-1969, lecturer Education, 1973-1974, assistant professor education, 1975-1978, associate professor, 1978-1980, supervisor secondary student teaching, 1973-1974, director student teaching, 1975-1977, director Office Field Experiences, 1977-1978, director professional development, 1978-1980, special assistant to chancellor, 1981-1983, assistant to chancellor, 1983-1984, acting chancellor, 1983-1984, chancellor, 1984-1992. President University Akron, Ohio, 1992-1996, South Dakota State University, 1998—2006, president emeritus, since 2006.
Interim dean Grad School Texas Technology University. Senior fellow National Center for Higher Education, 1996-1997. Visiting professor University Arkansas, 1979-1980, University Alaska, 1982.
Board directors Lubrizol Corporation, A. Schulman Corporation, Commission on Women in Higher Education, South Dakota Museum Art, Akron Tomorrow, Ohio Aerospace Consortium, Ohio Super Computer Committee, Brookings Chamber of Commerce. Holder VA Harrington distinguished chair in education, 1994-1996, Charles G. Herbrich chair in leadership management, since 1996. Chairman Growth partnership Research Park.
Board directors American Humanics Methodist Hospital, Northwest Indiana Forum, Northwest Indiana Symphony, South Dakota Art Museum, Boys Club Northwest Indiana, Akron Symphony, NBD Bank, John S. Knight Convention Center, Inventure Place, Akron Roundtable, Cleveland Committee Higher Education, 4-H Foundation, South Dakota Art Museum, South Dakota Value. Member Association Teacher Educators (national president 1984-1985, Distinguished Member 1990), Indiana Association Teacher Educators (past president), North Central Association (member commission at large), American Association State Colleges and Universities (acting vice president division academy and international programs 1997, board directors, treasurer, chairman global priorities commission), American Council Education (board directors, executive committee), Leadership Development Council American Council on Exercise, Office Women Higher Education (member emerita of executive bd), American Humanics (board directors), Ohio Inter University Council (chairperson), International Reading Association, South Dakota Women's Executive Leadership Coalition, Akron Urban League (board directors), Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), Cosmos Club, Phi Delta Kappa (Outstanding Young Educator award), Delta Kappa Gamma (Leadership/Management fellow 1980), Pi Lambda Theta, Pi Kappa Phi, Chi Omega.
Married Robert Lawrence Miller, November 23, 2001. Stepchildren: Rohn J., Robert K.;children from previous marriage: Scott Vandling Elliott III, Anne Gordon Elliott.