the Governor's Arts Award Winners

William A. Miller

Santa Fe

2009 recipient, Major Contributor to the Arts

William A. Miller of Santa Fe is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, financial advisor and renowned collector of contemporary and Native American art.

Miller and his wife Alicia moved to Santa Fe from Chagrin Falls, Ohio in 1994 and immediately became active in support of the arts in northern New Mexico. Although the Millers have assisted numerous arts organizations, such as the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Santa Fe Opera, their principal focus has been with SITE Santa Fe.

William Miller joined the SITE Board of Trustees in 1997 and has since served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, as well as Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Executive Committee. Miller is currently serving on the Investment and Facilities Committees. "Bill Miller is a rock for SITE Santa Fe," said director Laura Steward. "He is a generous donor and a worker, a pragmatist with a low tolerance for financial risk and a high tolerance for risky art, a problem-solver, deal-broker, and keeper of the faith."

Miller, who holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, has also served on the boards of the Cleveland Health Museum, the Robert O. Anderson School at the University of New Mexico and St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.