Kelly Miller

TIEC Board of Directors


Dr. Kelly Miller

Kelly M. Miller assumed the role of President of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in August 2017. Under her leadership, the Island University has been recognized as an R2 doctoral institution with high research activity, has increased the number of honors students by 300%, added key programs like civil and industrial engineering and expanded its presence into downtown Corpus Christi.

Prior to becoming president, Miller earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994, joining the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty that same year. Over the years, she has served as Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Director of the School of Arts, Media & Communication and Department Chair. She was a professor of communication for 16 years, teaching courses in Teamwork & Leadership, Public Relations and Public Speaking. The 4th edition of her book, Business and professional excellence: Keys to communicating in the workplace (with S. T. Wahl), won the 2020 Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association.

Over the years she has received awards for her teaching, advising, research and service including LULAC’s Outstanding Community Leadership Award, the American GI Forum Standing Up for Veterans’ Award, and the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Legacy Award. Recently, the Texas Speech Communication Association recognized her as Communicator of the Year, and the Pennsylvania State University recognized her as an outstanding alumna.

Miller is active in the community having previously worked as a consultant and corporate trainer for clients which include: HEB, CCISD, the City of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi Army Depot, the Port, and the YWCA to name a few. She currently serves as a board member for the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation, United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, Christus Spohn Health System, the American Heart Association Circle of Red, Art Museum of South Texas, Texas State Aquarium, and the USS Lexington. She formerly served on the board of the Corpus Christi Symphony, Orchestra, and Harbor Playhouse.