June 4, 2007
Texas Tech University Mourns Loss of Chairman
Texas Tech University System Board of Regents Chairman J. Frank Miller died at his Dallas home June 1.
Gov. Rick Perry appointed Miller to the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System on November 18, 2003. He was elected chair in May 11, 2007. He previously served as vice chairman of the Board of Regents from Jan. 1, 2005 to May 11, 2007.
Miller was chairman and chief executive officer and founding managing partner of JPI Companies, a national multi-family residential development company. He had nearly three decades of experience in the real estate industry, beginning his career at Southland Life Insurance Company. Prior to founding JPI Companies, he held senior management positions with Foster Mortgage Company and Las Colinas Corporation. He also served as executive vice president of Southland Financial Corporation and as president of Southland Financial Corporation’s residential development and management subsidiary.
He served on the boards of various industry organizations, including the executive committee of the National Multi Housing Council, past chair of ULI’s Multi-Family Council (Blue) and past chair of the Dallas Real Estate Council. He also served on numerous community boards, including the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Citizen’s Council, Dallas Summer Musicals and St. Paul University Hospital. He was chair of the St. Paul Fund for Advanced Heart and Lung Disease, a campaign to raise funds for construction and operation of a world-class heart and lung medical facility in Dallas.
Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University in 1974. His wife Kay is also a 1974 graduate of Texas Tech. They have six children, ages 13-25.
Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance issued a statement on behalf of the system: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Frank’s family. This is devastating news for all of us in the Texas Tech family. Frank Miller was one of the best men I’ve ever known. He loved God, his country, his family and Texas Tech. He had friends all over the nation and everyone had the utmost respect for Frank. He was a good and decent man and will be missed by all.”