USU Honors Director Elected to Board of National Collegiate Honors Council

Kristine Miller, director of the Utah State University Honors Program, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council. Miller, a professor of English, has overseen the USU Honors Program since July 2014. 

Founded in 1966, the National Collegiate Honors Council is the nation’s premier educational organization for the support and promotion of undergraduate honors education. NCHC has nearly 900 member institutions, and its work impacts over 330,000 honors students around the world. 

Members of the board hold crucial positions in the organization that directly affect its strategic directions and effectiveness, according to NCHC. 

“My leadership in this organization not only marks Utah State University as a national force in honors education, but also makes visible the connection between our land-grant mission and the high-impact practices change the lives of all USU students,” Miller said. 

In addition to its officers, the board of directors includes nine professional and five student representatives, all of whom are elected by the organization’s membership for a three-year term. In 2019, fifteen professional candidates competed for three open positions; Miller was the only professional representative elected from a four-year institution. 

NCHC provides its members with resources, training opportunities and collaborative events to build and sustain honors programs and their curricula. Students of member institutions also benefit from honors scholarships, an annual conference, and exclusive educational opportunities through NCHC.

USU Honors creates a community of dynamic, ambitious and creative students. Those enrolled in the program learn to integrate four key parts of a well-rounded education: critical thinking, independent research, interdisciplinary learning and civic engagement. 

Miller is a graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Michigan, where she also earned her master’s (1989) and doctorate (1995) degrees in English language and literature. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth- and twenty-first-century British and American literature. 

For more information on the National Collegiate Honors Council, visit https://www.nchchonors.org/.