Miller’s husband, Samuel, told her the university would someday name a building after her. Miller didn’t believe it, noting UGA has already done other things such as naming a scholarship after her. Miller, who lives in Charlotte, said she was speechless when a university official contacted her last week about the plans.
“It was quite a surprise,” she said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “I think it’s wonderful.”
The names must be approved by the state’s Board of Regents, which last week announced it would not act on an advisory group’s recommendations to rename 75 buildings — many located at UGA — that are named after white supremacists and people with ties to slavery.
UGA has made several efforts in recent years to recognize the achievements of barrier-breaking Black students. Last year, it named its College of Education after Mary Frances Early, the university’s first Black graduate. Miller hopes UGA will continue to explore the legacies of Black students who enrolled there in the 1960s.
The university’s science library is located in the Boyd Graduate Studies Building. The new residential hall is scheduled to be completed by the start of the fall 2022 semester. UGA officials did not discuss during the meeting ongoing complaints by parents about housing conditions in several residential halls they say are causing health issues among many students.