Dr. Miller Leadership Award

Faculty member Dr. John Miller received the Betty Van der Smissen Leadership Award from the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) for his leadership role here at Troy University. The award is presented annually to recognize a member of the organization for leadership and vision in the study of legal aspects of sports and physical activity.


Dr. Miller has worked at Troy for two years as associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services. He has been a part SRLA for more than 20 years, and he has accomplished numerous of things over the years.


The Sport and Recreation Law Association is a nonprofit corporation. Their purpose is to further the study and dissemination of information regarding legal aspects of sport and recreation. The association addresses legal aspects of sport and recreation within both the public and private sectors.


The association serves academicians and practitioners in private and public sport and recreation settings. Members have diverse educational and experiential backgrounds and represent a variety of occupations and interests. They may teach or be students at institutions of higher education (sport and recreation management programs, law schools), practice law, operate risk management firms or serve in other related fields

“I feel honored to be chosen for this award,” said Dr. Miller. “There are a lot of legendary figures ahead of me that received this award. I am proud to be a part of this list. I am very appreciative.”


He believes a leader needs a vision of what they want to accomplish, and need to obtain the knowledge to get there. The ability to work with others and being focused on the mission are also needed to be a leader.


Dr. Miller currently serves as the editor of SRLA’s official scholarly journal, the “Journal of Legal Aspects of Sports,”the premier peer-reviewed journal of its kind.

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