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Educator, Businessman Elected to Appalachian State University Foundation Board


L. Dent Miller, a former educator and retired businessman, has been elected to the board of directors of the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc.

A resident of Statesville, Miller retired last year as president of the Claremont Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of Fresh Foods Inc. consisting of Western Steer, Prime Sirloin and Sagebrush restaurants. He also was a director of Fresh Foods and had been in the restaurant business since 1978.

He served as president and CEO of Sagebrush Inc. for eight years until the company’s merger with Fresh Foods in 1998 and was named restaurateur of the year in 1990 by the North Carolina Restaurant Association.

Miller is a 1955 graduate of Appalachian and later earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served more than 20 years as an educator and administrator in the Cabarrus, Salisbury and Statesville school systems.

“Dent Miller’s background and experience in both education and business, coupled with his long association with the university, will bring a special dimension to the foundation board’s efforts on behalf of Appalachian,” said Dr. Siegfried E. Herrmann, Appalachian’s vice chancellor for university advancement and president of the foundation.

Created in 1970, the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc. is an independent group that receives and invests private funds to support the university. Its mission is to create the best possible learning environment for Appalachian students by funding scholarships and programs and providing other resources. With assets of more than $45 million, the foundation provided $5.8 million to support the university last year.