Assistant Professor of Aviation
Richard Miller has been associated with Henderson State’s aviation program for more than 25 years, both as a student and an instructor/assistant professor.
Miller graduated from Henderson in 1982 with a B.S. in aviation. He then worked as an independent flight instructor in central Arkansas, and transitioned to a regional corporate pilot.
Miller soon returned to the Little Rock area and became chief flight instructor for the largest fixed-base operation in Arkansas.
“I oversaw 20-plus flight instructors and company assets (aircraft),” he said. “At that time, we furnished flight instructors and airplanes to Henderson.”
In 1992, Henderson decided to provide its own aircraft and instructors.
“Dr. Jerry Robinson, former director of aviation at Henderson, contacted me and asked if I would like to join him at Henderson to help him fulfill his dream for Henderson’s aviation department,” Miller said. “So I came back to Henderson in 1993 as chief flight instructor to help lead the transition.”
Miller soon completed his Master's of Aeronautical Science with an aviation/aerospace management specialization from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He became an assistant professor in the early 2000s and began teaching full time in the classroom.
Miller said he gains great satisfaction from teaching.
“I love seeing when a student finally ‘gets it,’ whether I’m working one-on-one teaching a student how to land an airplane or teaching in the classroom,” he said. “But the thing that gives me the most fulfillment is when a former student calls me to tell me that they have found their dream job in aviation, and that we helped them reach that goal.
“I can’t think of myself doing anything else but teaching. But if not teaching, I would be flying.”
Whether a student is considering a career with an airline, in airport management or the air transportation industry, Miller said Henderson’s B.S. in aviation management creates a strong foundation on which to build a career.
“As far as I can tell, all of our graduates who continue chasing their dream in the world of aviation have been able to find good jobs,” Miller said.
Degree and School:
Master's of Aeronautical Science with an Aviation/Aerospace Management Specialization / Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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