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Trustee Spotlight: Karen Miller

Trustee Spotlight

Karen Miller

A member of Northwood’s Board for ten years and currently Vice-Chair, Karen Miller has made extraordinary contributions of her time and wisdom during her tenure on our Board. She is the trustee who is most often on campus in one of her committee roles: Head of the Advancement and Admissions Committees and member of the Strategic Planning, Facilities, and Student Life committees. She also serves the schools she herself attended: Phillips Exeter as a member of the Alumni Council and Wesleyan on the Athletic Advisory Council.

Karen is married to Reed Miller ’72; they reside in both Greenwich, Connecticut, and Lake Placid. They have five kids between the two of them: two in Colorado, two in New York, and one in Sweden.

Throughout her prep and college careers, she was a top-ranked squash player. She later coached at Greenwich Academy, winning an astonishing FIFTEEN national titles. From 1999-2007, she was manager and assistant coach of the US National Squash Team, traveling to Ecuador, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Denmark, to name a few, for international competitions. She still competes at the national level.

Karen explained she joined our Board because “Northwood was a game-changer for my husband, Reed, and I wanted to dive in and see what was so special about the place. Having been involved with many New England prep schools over the last 45 years, I really wanted to dive in and discover why Northwood was so transformative for so many people.  Northwood is a gem of a spot in the middle of the Adirondacks. A small, family-like school, it even has a living room with a roaring fire, for goodness’ sake. It’s safe and the programming has started to explode.” She noted that there is work to be done in finding alums and getting them back to campus.

Her advice for Northwood’s current students: Take advantage of every opportunity at Northwood! Climb mountains, ski, skate, cross country ski, take a course that you would not normally take, reach out of your comfort zone. And do not fear failure…it makes you stronger.”