Peggy Gordon Miller began her career in higher education at Indiana University Northwest teaching in the English Department and was later named chancellor of the campus where she served in that capacity for a number of years before being named president of the University of Akron. She later served as president of South Dakota State University from which she retired as president emerita. Additionally, Miller has been a classroom teacher, the interim vice-president for International and Academic Programs for the American Association of Colleges and Universities and a researcher and writer. Miller holds degrees from Transylvania University, Northwestern University and Indiana University. She has also been awarded three honorary degrees. She has been deeply involved in research and economic development, including the building of the Innovation Campus, a research park at South Dakota State. She enjoys intercollegiate sports, music, travel, reading and art. Miller is a widow and has two grown children.