The Eugene A. Miller Fellowship Program, launched in 2009, is named for Eugene Miller, who served on the McGregor Fund board of trustees for 24 years and as chairman from 2001 – 2008. In recognition for his years of distinguished corporate and civic leadership, this program is designed to recognize outstanding, experienced leaders of nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Detroit.
This program arose from the observation that many of the Detroit area’s strongest human service agencies are led by long-serving executives, who often work very long hours for relatively low compensation and constantly face challenges to keep their agencies financially afloat. It is also common for these agencies to have minimal resources available for professional development or for staff coverage during an executive’s extended absence.
The program selects, on a competitive basis, up to three agency directors per year to take time away from their day-to-day responsibilities and undertake a self-designed set of activities to rejuvenate themselves and do something of benefit for their organization or field.