Dedication to educational opportunity and the humanities flows through the veins of Jeffrey Miller ’79, P’15 ’21, inherited, no doubt, from his parents, Sue and Leonard Miller. His active engagement with institutions across the city – Breakthrough Miami, Beacon College Prep, the University of Miami, United Way, the Miami Foundation and Ransom Everglades – speaks volumes about his commitment to providing educational access for all students in his home community. Like his mother, Jeff shared a special bond with Dan Bowden, which led him to spearhead the creation of the Dan Leslie Bowden Endowment in the Humanities at Ransom Everglades – a testament to the recognition of how literature and the arts help to shape our souls. He also inherited the deep affection for RE and its special role as an institution that produces leaders who make a difference in the world.
Jeff has gone on to become Ransom Everglades’ own champion in the community. With RE alumna Melissa Krinzman ’86, he founded Krillion Ventures, South Florida’s first venture capital fund. He continues to break new ground, leading the charge for the REinventing Excellence campaign with co-chair Constance Fernandez P’22. While providing his own generous support for the transformational goals of the campaign, Jeff has also cast his eye far into the future – recognizing that RE will always be a keystone institution for the greater Miami community. In addition to his support of current campaign initiatives, Jeff has included the school in his estate plans, demonstrating his deep commitment to securing the school’s financial future.
“The transformation of the upper school is inspiring, and it is a privilege to work with Constance and the rest of the community toward its completion,” he said.
“Ransom Everglades is a key educational leader in Miami, and I want to do all I can to secure its financial foundation.”
– Jeffrey Miller ’79, P’15 ’21
He added, "This is an important way to ensure that this wonderful school continues its contributions to our community. One of the easiest ways to help far into the future is to include Ransom Everglades in my estate plans, which I am proud to do. I hope that others will do the same.”
Ransom Everglades’ success as an independent school is no secret, but unlike its peer institutions around the country, the school’s endowment does not match its academic stature. Thanks to Jeff’s generous and far-sighted commitment to the endowment, the school has taken a significant step toward securing its reputation for honor and excellence for generations to come.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.