Bulgarian American Business Center

Board of directors

Professor Raymond J. Miller

International Programs, Agriculture and Natural Resources
1116 Symons Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-5539
Telephone: (301) 405-1316
Fax: (301) 314-7185
Email: rm33@umail.umd.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Soil Physical Chemistry, Purdue University, 1962
  • MS Soil Chemistry, Washington State University, 1960
  • BS Soil Sciences, University of Alberta, 1957

Summary of experience

International, institutional, research and educational management specialist with over 25 years of experience in evaluation, design, and implementation of institutional and management systems. Has in-depth knowledge and extensive experience with various agencies, policies and regulations. Has provided technical assistance, project management and institutional agreements with countries in the NIS, Pacific Rim and Latin America.

  • 1998-Present Director, International Programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture, University of Maryland at College Park
  • 1986-Present Professor of Agronomy, Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland at College Park
  • 1991-1993 President, Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (UMS)
  • 1989-1991 Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Natural Resources (UMS)
  • 1986-1989 Vice President for Agricultural Affairs, University of Maryland and Dean, Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park
  • 1980-1986 Dean, College of Agriculture, University of Idaho
  • 1979 Acting Dean, College of Agriculture/Director, Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station
  • 1973-1979 Director, Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station
  • 1973-1986 Professor of Soil Sciences, University of Idaho

Professional history

  • Currently Professor of soil science and Director of International Programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Miller has over 25 years of international experience. Dr. Miller has served as a consultant and advisor to a number of government and private agencies, businesses, foreign governments and organizations such as the World Bank, AID and several private organizations whereby he conducted needs assessments, organizational and functional evaluations. Dr. Miller has served on a bilateral negotiation team that provided agricultural research exchanges with the former USSR. He has also served on an institutional evaluation team to Russia.
  • In addition, Dr. Miller has developed cooperative plans, and was responsible for an irrigation project in Pakistan and a post-harvest program in the Philippines. He has also served and chaired technical and management reviews of AID-funded CRSP projects (Bean and Cowpea; Peanuts; Livestock; Sorghum/Millet; IPM; Aquaculture; and Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources). Currently, he is a past or present member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian American Business Center and the Maryland/Israel Development Center. He served on the Agriculture Research, Extension and Education Subcommittee of the Gore/Putin Commission. He has negotiated memoranda of understanding with Institutes in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, China, Central America, and Eastern Europe. He has worked and traveled extensively in various countries including: Russia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Israel, China, Philippines, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Republic of Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Eastern Europe, China and other Pacific Rim countries.
  • After graduating with his doctorate in 1962, Dr. Miller joined the faculty of North Carolina State University, as Assistant Professor of Soil Sciences. From 1965 to 1973, he served as Associate Professor, and then Professor, of Agronomy at the University of Illinois. In addition to his professorial duties, he served as Assistant, and then Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Illinois. In 1973, Dr. Miller was appointed Director of the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Idaho. He held this position until 1979, at which time he assumed the additional position of Acting Dean of the College of Agriculture. In 1980, he was appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Idaho, which included authority over the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, and Idaho Cooperative Extension Service.
  • In 1986, Dr. Miller was appointed to the combined position of Vice President for Agricultural Affairs, University of Maryland/Dean of the College of Agriculture and College of Life Sciences, and Professor of Agronomy, University of Maryland College Park. In 1989, he became Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland System. With the establishment of the Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (MIANR) in 1991, Dr. Miller became its President. In 1993, with the restructuring of UMS agriculture programs, Dr. Miller continued his professorship in Agronomy while leading and developing programs in Russia, the NIS and Eastern Europe. In 1998, Dr. Miller was named Director of International Programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland. Dr. Miller has been recognized by being named a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America and the American Society for the Advancement of Science. He was a participant in the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sussex, Great Britain. Recently he was presented an Honorary degree from the Moscow State Agro-engineering University.
  • Dr. Miller has extensive knowledge of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) system of education and government agencies. He has worked in the Soviet Union and FSU countries for over 25 years.