Miller Center Forum Chair to Step Down

January 17, 2011

The Miller Center announced Monday that following this academic year ending in June 2011, George Gilliam will step down from his duties as the Centers Assistant Director for Public Programs and Chair of the Forum Program, which he has headed since 2004.

He will then become the Miller Centers Senior Fellow for National Engagement, and focus on research, writing, and special programming for the Center. He will also continue to teach in the University's History Department.

Since the Miller Centers founding in 1975, the Forum Program has served as a cornerstone of its work and public outreach. Under Gilliam's tenure as Chair, the Forum has gained a national TV audience on PBS. The Miller Center's National Discussion and Debate Series in partnership with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions has also gained a national audience, and broadcast TV has become important for many facets of the Miller Centers work and programmatic areas.

Gerald L. Baliles, Director of the Miller Center and former Governor of Virginia, said, "George has been a good friend since our early days together in law school and government work. In our time together here, the Forum Program in particular has advanced tremendously on the national stage, bringing the work of the Miller Center civility and substance on issues of national importance to television audiences across the country. The entire Miller Center community is deeply thankful to George, and going forward I know that the Forum Program, beloved locally and increasingly nationally, will move from strength to strength."

Gilliam joined the Miller Center in 2003 to develop special programming and work with Director Emeritus Kenneth W. Thompson on the Forum Program, which Thompson had hosted for more than two decades.

The Miller Center will conduct a national review and search for production and hosting of the Forum Program following
this academic year.

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