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CWU Residence Life director named president-elect for Northwest housing organization

CWU Director of Residence Life Dr. Ian Miller

CWU Director of Residence Life Dr. Ian Miller has been named president-elect of the Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers.

Central Washington University's Director of Residence Life Dr. Ian Miller has been named president-elect of the Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (NWACUHO), highlighting Central’s role as a leader in residence life program across the region.

His experience with the organization, combined with his over 15 years of experience in housing and residence life, made him an excellent candidate for the position. 

“I am honored to be elected to this position and am eager to serve the colleges and universities in our region through my work with NWACUHO,” said Miller, who previously served on the board as the products and services coordinator from 2010-12 and as the diversity and inclusion chair from 2020-23. Last year, he was awarded the NWACUHO Diversity and Inclusion Award.

“My goals for the association are centered on building relationships, facilitating communication between the board and its membership, and creating a sense of belonging,” he added. “I believe it is important for me to understand the needs of our association as it relates to the various institution types, as well as finding ways to grow NWACUHO.”

Northwest ACUHO is a regional organization for higher education housing industry professionals. Its goal is to enrich the housing profession through the promotion of best practices, professional development, collaborative sharing of ideas, and the examination of future trends relating to the administration of university and college housing programs.

The president-elect position is a one-year term on a three-year track toward providing primary leadership for the association. As president-elect, Miller’s primary responsibility will be organizing the association’s 2024 annual conference in Eugene, Oregon. 

He said he hopes to increase participation in conference program submissions and engagement by expanding the conference’s offerings to include members from facilities, operations, and conference services departments. 

CWU’s Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life Dr. Tricia Rabel said Miller has proven himself to be a vital member of the team, and his election will serve NWACUHO well.

“We are thrilled to see Ian’s expertise and experience acknowledged by him being elected to the NWACUHO Board of Directors,” Rabel said. “He continuously provides outstanding leadership for us here at Central, and we are happy to share that with our fellow regional institutions.”

Media contact: Lindsey Myers, Assistant Director of Housing Services, 509-963-1786,