Featured Testimonial About Creighton University
I don’t believe anyone has it within themselves to accomplish most of life’s meaningful milestones without the support and encouragement of those around us.
Before he recognized his own potential, those closest to Mike Miller, BSEMS’07, MS’10, EDD’14, took notice of his interest in health-related fields at a young age and eventually helped guide him to his calling in emergency medical services.
After two decades in diverse and challenging careers in health care, Miller joined Creighton University in 2002 as a paramedic instructor. At Creighton, he immersed himself in the Jesuit mission and continued to pursue his interests in EMS. He was awarded a scholarship to enroll in the Interdisciplinary Leadership doctoral program in 2012.
“I don’t believe anyone has it within themselves to accomplish most of life’s meaningful milestones without the support and encouragement of those around us,” Miller said. “My wife, Nancy, and my kids were instrumental in my attainment of a doctoral degree. I could not have done it without them. And I still have the letter from Father Lannon awarding me a generous scholarship at Creighton. I knew I had to succeed because of the precious gifts I received.”
Mike Miller, now an assistant professor and director of the EMS Program at Creighton, has been challenged and humbled to realize that his knowledge and skills could make all the difference in the lives of future EMS professionals. He and Nancy made their first gift in support of the EMS program in 2009 and in 2012, established a scholarship for aspiring Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services students.
“I had a realization that you don’t have to be really wealthy to make a difference. There’s the multiplication factor that, through both teaching and scholarships, I can encourage my students and impact the lives of those they touch.”
Miller’s mother, Doris, taught him that those to whom much has been given have a responsibility to give back. As a tribute, the Millers named their EMS scholarship in honor of Doris and Nancy’s parents. The Frank and Margaret Coussens and Doris Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship at Creighton University supports the interests and ambitions of aspiring students who dream of a fulfilling career in health care and public service.
“My mother and Nancy’s parents were always such hard-working people. They were regular contributors to their local fire departments, and they really took an interest in what I was doing in the field.”
The Emergency Medical Services Program at Creighton University has provided cutting-edge training while developing compassionate and empathetic health care providers since 1974, and it continues to build a national and international reputation for excellence.