Doug Miller '96
Assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California

Protecting the Public

Doug Miller ’96 truly believes he has the best job. As an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, he prosecutes corrupt public officials, including state and federal politicians, police officers, federal agents, and corrections officers. But, he says, without Moravian’s nurturing environment, he may never have become a two-time recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department of Justice’s highest award.

“You don’t get lost at Moravian,” says Miller, who majored in history. “The students and professors really get to know you, and I felt like I was part of a small town. I needed that entering college. I likely would have done poorly at a school that had 80 students in each class and professors who used teaching assistants to communicate with students. I needed a one-on-one approach, and Moravian gave me that throughout my education.”

Support from professors like Janet Loengard and Dennis Glew, professors emeriti of history, allowed Miller to develop into a well-rounded student who won the History Prize his senior year. He went on to earn his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

“All the professors in the history department, especially Drs. Loengard and Glew, made sure I was excelling in my studies,” he says. “They pushed me to become a better writer and be able to distill distinct pieces of information from large volumes of material.”

Those skills serve him well on the job. Currently, Miller is prosecuting individuals paying bribes to foreign officials in Mexico, which violates the Corrupt Practices Act. He says it’s rewarding to know he’s playing a role in protecting the public.

Service to his country is something Miller started at Moravian. He was a “cross-town” student, taking Air Force ROTC classes at Lehigh University.

“ROTC changed my life,” he says. “It gave me focus and discipline and encouraged me to take on leadership roles and pursue my goals. Service to your country is rewarding in ways I cannot describe.”

8/22/11

Doug Miller

"You don’t get lost at Moravian. I needed a one-on-one approach, and Moravian gave me that throughout my education."