SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer
UB Professor of Law
Former UB Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence
November 16, 2021
Teresa Miller always made an impression. She exuded personal warmth and a professional commitment to using education and the law to advance the human condition.
Teri, who died on August 6, 2021 at the age of 59, joined the law school faculty in 1995, specializing in immigration law, criminal procedure and prisoner law. During her distinguished career at UB, she was elevated to the role of UB’s inaugural vice provost for inclusive excellence where she made great strides in leading the university’s efforts to build a culture of equity, diversity and inclusivity. Her vision built the Office of Inclusive Excellence and launched forward-looking programs like the Difficult Conversations series, which continues today.
Recognizing her commitment and contributions to the field, after 26 years at UB, Teri was appointed SUNY’s senior vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and chief diversity officer, continuing the important work that was her life’s passion. Throughout the course of her career, Teri made an indelible mark on issues of social justice and equity, not only through her leadership, but also through her dedication to teaching and mentoring law students.
To honor Teri’s indomitable spirit and her tremendous contributions to our world, we have established the Professor Teresa A. Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund at UB, which will provide a full tuition scholarship to a student enrolled in UB’s School of Law. In order to build upon Teri’s legacy, preference will be given to talented students from underrepresented minorities with a desire to champion social justice and civil rights.