- Katie Hall American-Statesman Staff
Charles Miller, former chairman of University of Texas System's Board of Regents, died Wednesday, according to officials with the board.
Miller, a UT mathematics alumnus who made a living first as an analyst and portfolio manager for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas in Austin and later as an investment adviser in Houston, was on the board from 1999 through 2004, serving as chairman during his last three years.
Before serving on the Board of Regents, Miller was chairman of three influential Texas commissions in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They took on some of the toughest problems in education and ultimately developed Texas' accountability system, which uses test scores to evaluate schools’ performance.
Sara Martinez Tucker, chairwoman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, said she was “deeply saddened by the loss of a pillar of Texas higher education.”
“He was one of our state’s most respected and active advocates for higher education, and he worked tirelessly and fearlessly on behalf of postsecondary priorities, both as a regent and business leader,” Tucker said in a statement. “Chairman Miller was a policy wizard at the federal and state levels and an expert in investments and endowments held in the public trust. He was widely considered to be the father of present-day accountability and transparency in Texas higher education.”
Tucker said Miller was “selfless with his time and energy — his door was always open, and he was always happy to share his considerable wisdom and knowledge.”
“Miller was a strong, direct leader who challenged the status quo,” she said.
Miller previously led the Greater Houston Partnership, the largest business organization in Texas, and he served on the board of directors of the Governor's Business Council, the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, the Texas Medical Center, the Financial Foundation for Charter Schools of Texas and the Texas Water Foundation.