In an effort to support George W. Bush in his bid for the U.S. presidency, Miller instituted the No Child Left Behind Program, a bold campaign devoted to advancing Bush's education reform proposals at the grassroots level. The program included a news conference on Capitol Hill, education summits at the state level, the "My Favorite Teacher" Award, and a series of community service programs. Miller also refurbished NFRW's historic headquarters and created the Smart Start Kit to help club presidents fulfill their duties.
Marian Miller was elected president at the NFRW 30th Biennial Convention in Seattle in October 1999, and served during the 2000-2001 term.
Miller's primary goals as president were empowering Republican women through educational and training programs and intensifying efforts to elect qualified Republicans to office. The highlights of her term include the No Child Left Behind program, dedicated to advancing President Bush's education reform proposals at the grassroots level, and an increase in membership in 2001.
The Indiana native also served as first and third vice president and secretary of NFRW. A member of the NFRW Board of Directors since 1979, she chaired the Program, Bylaws, Senior American and Leadership committees. During her presidency of the 5,000-member Indiana Federation of Republican Women (IFRW), she initiated the Betty Rendel Campaign Institute, the IFRW Mentor Program for High School Girls, and Women for a House Majority.
A former schoolteacher, Miller is extremely active in Indiana politics. She serves as an adviser to the state superintendent of public instruction and was instrumental in the development of Hoosiers for Higher Education -- a 10,000-member statewide volunteer legislative lobbying group. She sponsors fundraising events for many candidates and served as statewide volunteer coordinator for Vice President Dan Quayle's first U.S. Senate campaign, and the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, Gov. Otis Bowen and John Mutz for Governor. She has managed successful judicial, sheriff, and city council campaigns, as well as a state Senate race.
She has served as a Tippecanoe County precinct committeewoman and as president of the Tippecanoe County Republican Women's Club. Miller was a delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention, where she both spoke and served as secretary of the Committee on Resolutions. She was also a delegate to the 1996, 1992 and 1988 conventions and an alternate delegate in 1984 and 1980.
Miller has been chairman of the Indiana Commission on Aging, delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, and delegate to the National Forum on Excellence in Education. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Museum of Women's History and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Indiana, Governor's Advisory Committee on Public Welfare, and the Pension Management Legislative Study Commission.
Understanding the importance of volunteer work and community involvement, she has also held many leadership positions with local charities and educational organizations such as the United Way, Home Hospital Auxiliary, Boys & Girls Club, YWCA, Battleground Historical Association and her local church.
Miller and her husband, Dr. William J. Miller, have one son, one daughter and three grandchildren.