Penn State Harrisburg

State Police Commissioner 2007 Alumni Fellow

Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller is Penn State Harrisburg's 2007 Alumni Fellow.

A 2001 graduate of the college with a Master of Public Administration degree, Miller has been commissioner since 2003 and was thrust into the international spotlight a year ago when a gunman opened fire in a Lancaster County Amish schoolhouse, killing five young girls and injuring five others before killing himself.

Miller will be formally honored at the college's annual Alumni Awards Dinner Friday, Oct. 19. The 6:30 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. dinner and awards ceremony will be in the Capital Union Building. Alumni wishing to attend are asked to register online by October 5 at

A Harrisburg native, Miller drew accolades for his handling of the Lancaster County tragedy, which was made more complex by concerns about the cultural differences and religious beliefs of the Amish.

After graduation from Central Dauphin High School in 1981, Miller went on to earn an associate degree from the University of South Florida and a bachelor's in criminal justice from Elizabethtown College. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in 1984, first serving as a Trooper at Bedford, York, and Harrisburg. He was promoted to corporal in 1988, sergeant in 1990, lieutenant in 1993, captain in 1995, and major in 2002. He now holds the rank of colonel.

He served a keynote speaker for Penn State Harrisburg's May 2003 commencement ceremonies.

The Alumni Fellow Award is the Penn State Alumni Association's most prestigious, given to select alumni, leaders in their professional fields, who are nominated by an academic college and accept the University president's invitation to return to campus and share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. The award is a cast bronze medallion and framed certificate.

Miller, who becomes Penn State Harrisburg's 21st Alumni Fellow, will visit with students on Nov. 15.