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History Alum Matt Miller Chosen by WIU for 2008 Alumni Achievement Award

Jan 2, 2009

Matthew Miller, the winner of the WIU History Department's 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award, was chosen by the University as one six recipients of the 2008 WIU Alumni Achievement Award. The award was presented to Mr. Miller, a prominent Quad Cities businessman and CEO of Rally Appraisal LLC of Bettendorf, Iowa, at the Fall Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 20.

Originally from Morton, Illinois near Peoria, Mr. Miller graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History from WIU in 1992, followed by a year of graduate study in the History Department. He subsequently obtained the SRA designation as a member of the Appraisal Institute in 2007. Mr. Miller, a Certified Residential Appraiser, is currently the CEO and President of Rally Appraisal, which employs more than 100 people in more than six states.

Mr. Miller commented at the WIU Annual History Conference in April 2008 that "being exposed to critical thinking and analysis" in his historical studies at Western, as well as gaining "written and oral communication skills" as a History major proved to be of "immeasurable value" in his career in real estate appraisal. A student of Dr. Bill Combs, Mr. Miller observed that through his courses and conversations with Dr. Combs, "I developed a desire for knowledge that still permeates my life to this day." The Department of History is delighted to have had this opportunity to honor Matthew Miller's accomplishments with its Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2008 and is proud that the University has chosen to honor Mr. Miller for his many achievements.

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