Friday the 13th proved lucky for MTSU. As a part of its Centennial Alumni Weekend, alumnus Andrew Woodfin “Woody” Miller made a $10-million gift to Middle Tennessee State University.
University President Sidney McPhee said, “This is one of the largest gifts ever made to the University. It will be transformational for us. It also will send the message that we are a major university, that we have donors who believe in the direction of Middle Tennessee State University and really want to make a difference in the lives of the students we educate on this campus.
The announcement of Miller’s gift was partof MTSU’s public launch of its $80 million Centennial Campaign, an effort begun nearly three years before the University observed its 100th anniversary on Sept. 11, 2011. Miller’s gift helped boost the campaign’s early commitments to nearly $54 million.
Miller was a 1966 Blue Raider grad, and was the 1999 Distinguished Alumni.
Miller began his business career as a CPA with an international accounting firm, then joined Hospital Corporation of America soon after its inception and served as senior officer until 1982. During this period he also served as president and chair of the Federation of American Hospitals representing the international for-profit health care industry in Washington, D.C.
Miller co-founded Surgical Care Affiliates in 1982 and founded two other publicly traded health care companies in Tennessee. He established Women's Health Partners in 1996 as a physician practice-management company with approximately 150 physicians in several states.
He also is owner of HealthMark Partners, an investment company, and serves on the boards of numerous other private corporations. Miller currently serves as chair and CEO of Women's Health Partners of Nashville and chair and CEO of Vision America, Memphis.