Anthony "Tony" Wilder Miller
Outstanding Industrial Engineer (2011)
Deputy Secretary and COO
U.S. Department of Education
Anthony "Tony" Wilder Miller is the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, he manages a broad range of operational, management, and program functions. Prior to joining the department in 2009, Mr. Miller was an operating partner with Silver Lake, a leading private equity firm. From 2003 to 2006, he was with LRN Corporation, a compliance software and eLearning company, where he was executive vice president of operations. Prior to LRN, he worked for ten years at McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner specializing in growth strategies, operating performance improvement, and restructuring for companies throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Miller began his professional career with Delco Electronics, a subsidiary of GM Hughes Electronics, where he managed regional channel marketing. In addition to his private-sector operating experience, Miller advised the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1997 to 2000, developing student achievement goals and strategies, aligning budgets and operating plans, and designing metrics and processes for overseeing district-wide performance. He undertook similar work with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in 2001. Through his service as an ex-officio member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Budget and Finance Committee in 2002?2003, he deepened his understanding of state funding and school district budgeting matters. Mr. Miller has a long history of civic leadership related to workforce and economic development, public education, and foster care youth. He is a member of the Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board and has served on the board of United Friends of the Children. Mr. Miller holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. While a student at Purdue, Mr. Miller participated in Kappa Alpha Psi; Purdue Engineering Magazine (PEM); National Society of Black Engineers; and Residence Hall Council. He received the Harting Industrial Design Award.