Billie Miles ’76 P ’07

Presented by Prof. Paul Olsen

Hello, everyone. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Paul Olsen, Associate Professor in the Business Administration and Accounting Department, and it is my honor to introduce my dear friend, Billie Miles, from the Class of 1976, as one of this year’s Alumni of the Year.

Billie arrived at St. Mike’s at a time when women were still relatively new to campus, with the first four-year women students graduating only two years earlier. On campus, she was a resident assistant for two years while earning her bachelor’s degree in political science, and mentions her favorite professors being Dr. Norbert Kuntz, Dr. Kernstock and Dr. Bill Wilson.

Billie is a two-time graduate of Saint Michael’s, having also earned her master’s in administration and management, the same program I taught in, in 2002. She worked in the tech industry for much of her career, and joined the Department of Information Technology at St. Mike’s in 1995, becoming the director of IT in 2002. After leaving St. Mike’s in 2012 to work for campus technology software company Ellucian for five years, she returned to St. Mike’s to work as an IT associate in 2017.

She has volunteered a considerable amount of time to St. Mike’s outside of her day job. From 2016-2020 she served as a director on the Alumni Board of Directors, where she was instrumental in recruiting alumni for the annual Career Symposium technology panel for two years in a row. As a panel recruiter she brought alumni to campus from around the region to speak to students about their careers and encouraged students to think about a career in tech.

This past year she served on the 50th Anniversary of Women at Saint Michael’s Committee, and was part of SMC’s COVID Action Network, or SMC CAN!, a group of SMC Community members committed to tackling the unprecedented health, educational, social and logistical challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Always fighting for what’s right, she served on the College’s Racial Justice Task Force, and the Anti-Racism Coalition. She has also made a gift to the College every year for the past 27 consecutive years.

She’s been active in the Burlington Community, serving on a number of local boards, including ONE Community Center and ECHO, and through professional organizations, tutoring a Somali high school student, and facilitating art journaling classes at Fletcher Free Library prior to the pandemic.

Billie and her wife, Sharon, have three children, including Billie’s daughter, Mercedes, who is a 2007 graduate. They also have six grandchildren and two dogs. On behalf of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, it is my great pleasure to award the Alumna of the Year Award to my friend, Billie Miles.