WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- The new business school building for The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary has been named for healthcare management entrepreneur Alan B. Miller for his leadership and support to his alma mater.
Miller joined College of William and Mary President Gene R. Nichol and Dean Lawrence B. Pulley at Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 16, for the surprise announcement at a business school alumni event.
To be constructed at the corner of Jamestown Road and Campus Drive, Alan B. Miller Hall will provide approximately 160,000 square feet of space consisting of state-of-the-art facilities for instruction, student activities, faculty offices, visiting scholars, research and other purposes.
"I have seen firsthand the impact new facilities can have on a university-especially its professional schools," said Nichol. "This new building will give our Mason School of Business much-needed space and enable the faculty and student interactions that drive great academic enterprises. But it will also appropriately honor Alan's friendship. Everyone associated with William and Mary is in his debt."
"Along with Chip Mason, Alan Miller has become a significant enabling partner who is locking arms with us to help build a great business school," Pulley said. "He has been a longtime friend and supporter of his alma mater. We are honored and thrilled that Alan has chosen to collaborate with us in this vitally important endeavor. This new facility will enable the school to provide an exceptional learning environment for our students, faculty and other key constituencies."
Exact cost figures will not be available until the end of the planning process; funding will come from private and university sources. The amount of Miller's gift was not announced by mutual agreement between Miller and college officials.
Miller is chairman and president of Universal Health Services, Inc., which he founded in 1978. UHS is one of the largest hospital management companies in the nation operating 100 facilities in 22 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Net revenues of the company are approximately $4.5 billion annually.
"William and Mary is a special place and has had a lasting influence on me," said Miller, who has long been a supporter of the arts and education. "I am honored to help launch the next generation of future business leaders at my alma mater."
Miller was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1991 and Financial World named him CEO of the Year in hospital management. He was also named one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare in 2004 and 2005. In 1999 he received the first Lifetime Achievement Award of the Federation of American Hospitals, honoring his 30 years of industry leadership. He also received the Chairman's Award from the United Negro College Fund and the Americanism Award of Anti-Defamation League.
Miller, who makes his home in Philadelphia, is a 1958 graduate of William and Mary. He served as a trustee of the William and Mary Endowment Association and is a life member of the college's President's Council. In 1999 he received the William and Mary Alumni Medallion, the college's highest alumni award. As a student, Miller played on the college's basketball team.
He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he serves on the Board of Overseers. In 1992 he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina and received the George Washington University President's Medal in 2002.
Miller is a trustee of the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and a director of Broadlane, Inc. He is a director of the new Regional Performing Arts Center (Kimmel) and chairman emeritus of the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
Miller's company, Universal Health Services, operates acute-care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. It maintains one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry and is rated investment grade by Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Fitch. The company employs nearly 35,000 people and has built its reputation on a service philosophy of integrity, competence and compassion.