William R. Miner '45

William Miner, a graduate of 1945, is a native of Wooster, Ohio. He received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1950. Early in his career, he served with the Council of Social Agencies of metropolitan Detroit and later as director/coordinator of the Cass Community Pilot Project for the Neighborhood Service Organization, an administrative and development program involving more than 40 public and private health, welfare, recreational, and educational organizations.

He then worked with the United Nations as community development expert to the Liberian (Africa) government on community development and agricultural resettlement projects.

Bill joined the Agency for International Development in 1960 and from 1964 to 1965 was chief of the Community Development division, USAID-Kenya, in Washington D.C. and was appointed community development adviser for the agency in 1966. He was responsible for policy statements and preparation of technical guidelines and background material for the Bureau of Africa.

In July, 1966, he became regional community development adviser to the Bureau for Africa for the Agency for International Development. He served as adviser and administrator to the bureau in community development, social welfare, and youth activities and took a 110-day tour of duty in East and Central Africa.

At the writing of this biography (1970) he is now on leave from his post to work on his doctorate at Brandeis. Miner received an honorary Doctor of Law Degree from the College of Wooster during graduation exercise last June.
Mr. Miner has gone on to become one of a number of alumni trustees, serving since 1971.  He has since retired but maintains emeritus trustee status with the College.

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