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Alfred University trustee, alumnus Marlin Miller recognized by American Craft Council

Alfred University | 9/20/18

Marlin Miller '54
Marlin Miller '54

The American Craft Council recently announced its 2018 awards and Alfred University alumnus Marlin Miller, a member of University’s Board of Trustees, was named recipient of the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy.


ALFRED, NY – The American Craft Council recently announced its 2018 awards and Alfred University alumnus Marlin Miller, a member of University’s Board of Trustees, was named recipient of the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy.

The Aileen Osborn Webb Award recognizes “exceptional contributions to, and support of, the American Craft Council and the field of contemporary craft.” Miller, a lifetime trustee of the American Craft Council, and other recipients of the Council’s biennial awards will be honored at a ceremony Oct. 6 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University in 1954. He has been a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since 1972, serving as board chairman 1983-89, and is Alfred University’s most generous supporter.

“All of us at Alfred University are well aware of Marlin Miller’s incredible generosity in support of the arts,” commented Mark Zupan, Alfred University president. “The American Craft Council could not have chosen a better recipient for its Aileen Osborn Webb Award.”

Miller’s gifts created the Miller Performing Arts Center, the Miller Theater and the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum. He supports endowed professorships including the Robert Turner Chair in Ceramic Art and the Ted Randall International Chair, honoring two past faculty members in the School of Art and Design who were legendary figures in the world of ceramic art. To honor a lifetime of friendship with Wayne Higby, professor of ceramic art and director of the Museum, he created an endowed directorship of the Museum in Higby’s name.

Miller endowed the Fred Gertz Chair in Technical Writing and created the Fred Gertz Center for Student Success to demonstrate the respect and affection he had for Gertz, who was a professor of English and then, dean of men, when Miller was a student. He has created endowed scholarships in honor of two friends, fellow alumni, and Alfred University trustees who passed away while serving on the Board, Albert Paladino ’54 and Joel Moskowitz ’61.

His most recent gift honors the memory of Phillip Tefft ’39, his mentor when he first joined our Board of Trustees and the person Miller credits with educating him about the impact philanthropy can have on the institutions it supports. In Tefft’s memory, Marlin made a gift to renovate Tefft Hall, and now, has committed to creating a two-story link between Moskowitz and Tefft Halls.