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Bob Miller '04

Portrait of Bob Miller

“The skills and knowledge I learned through the University definitely allowed the door to open for me to attain my goal of one day becoming a Chief of Police.” - Bob Miller '97 & '04

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Working your way up the ladder in a busy police department while going to school is a time- and energy-consuming endeavor.

And yet Bob Miller, two-time Bulldog, was tenacious in both his studies and his on-the-job performance, eventually earning not only his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Management in 1997 and his Master’s degree in Management in 2004, but also the top position of Chief of Police with the Colton, California Police Department.

In Bob’s view, deciding to attend Redlands played a crucial role in his educational (and professional) endeavors. “Proximity to work was a factor, as well as how the programs were structured. The programs were a natural fit as I worked my way up the ranks.”

His efforts—and ultimate success—were well worth the effort. “Many times in our busy careers we have things to juggle while going to college, especially if you’re raising a family at the same time,” he says. “Nevertheless, stick to it, it will pay off big time in the end.”

Armed today with powerful tools for success

In discussing the ongoing benefits he experiences as a University of Redlands graduate, Police Chief Miller is effusive.

“The skills and knowledge I learned through the University definitely allowed the door to open for me to attain my goal of one day becoming a Chief of Police,” he explains.

“[My degrees] have helped me grow into a better leader,” he continues. “The principles in management and the research along with practical exchanges with other working professionals, from all walks of life, have had a long-lasting impact on the way I view the world.”

Miller recently served in the dual roles of Chief of Police and Interim City Manager and has a rather black and white statement about the experience.

“If it were not for the educational background that the University of Redlands provided, it would not have been possible for me to do both roles.”


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