James C. Miller to receive Alumni Achievement Award

James C. Miller will be honored at the annual awards banquet during Homecoming festivities at Potomac State College of WVU on October 31 where he will receive the Alumni Achievement Award.

Miller completed his associate’s degree at Potomac State before earning his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Delaware.

Miller was associated with Imperial Chemical Industries Americas since 1966 providing senior executive, individual and group management and leadership for regional business. He held a number of key roles within ICI Americas utilizing his significant skill and experience in market definition and commercial development through focused business planning and process streamlining.

As vice president of Uniqema’s Latin Americas operations, he established five independent operations in the leading countries of Latin America and organized an overall executive management

James C. Miller

James C. Miller

team for Latin America which is directing the strategic development of Uniqema’s businesses in the region.

Concurrently as vice president of ICI’s Chemicals and Polymers Businesses in North America, he oversaw a number of diverse operations and chemical business in the United States (U.S.) and Canada. In addition to directing the sales, marketing and operations, he simultaneously prepared the major businesses for divestment while ensuring the businesses’ value was maintained through the transition process.   

Previously, Miller led ICI’s commercial development department in North America. The business grew from $3 million to $390 million per-year. During this period Miller was involved in a number of acquisitions, toll manufacturing and new business ventures. These activities led to establishing ICI as a key participant in the U.S. markets in acrylics, replacement refrigerants, and synthetic lubricants. As director of the department he was instrumental in negotiating agreements with HCI (Hollanda Colombia) that transitioned this trading company into the fourth largest chemical distributor in North America and also positioned ICI as a leading importer of industrial solvents and chemicals. Fulfilling these responsibilities required direct business dealings with companies in Japan, France, Belgium, Holland, and throughout the United Kingdom.

After retiring from ICI Americas in 2002, Miller became president of Technical Marketing Enterprises, Inc. He was elected to West Virginia University’s Academy of Chemical Engineers, serves on the Board of the Salvation Army in Delaware, volunteered for SCORE Delaware, and is a member of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Miller accredits his confidence to succeed from his time at Potomac State College, where he recently sponsored the establishment of a Veterans’ Lounge to support veteran students who are returning to the classroom.

Reservations for the awards banquet are required and must be made by October 16 by contacting Derek Artimez at 304-788-6870 or dartimez@mail.wvu.edu. The Dinner will be held in the Davis Conference Center, starting at 5 p.m. for social and dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. The cost for dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.