An Interview with Richard K. Miller (1 of 3)
Founding President of Olin College of Engineering
New Books Network 2021
This is the first of three episodes featuring Richard K. Miller, the Founding President of Olin College of Engineering, in Needham, MA. Olin was created in 1997, by at the time, the largest gift in higher education history, when the Olin Foundation decided to give its entire $460 million endowment to create a new college that could serve as a model for reinventing undergraduate engineering education. Miller, who served as Olin’s President from 1999 to 2020, describes his career before Olin and his decision to defy the advice of his colleagues and mentors to give up a secure, leadership position at the University of Iowa to join a start-up.
David Finegold is the president of Chatham University.