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Pam Miller

Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame
2014

Former Mayor of Lexington, KY

Martin School Trailblazer in Public Policy

Pam Miller has dedicated her life to serving the Bluegrass and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She served as mayor of Lexington-Fayette County from 1993-2003, the first woman to do so, and prior to that, she served on the Urban County Council from 1974-77 (the first woman elected to public office) and again from 1980-1993. Her legacy is the rural preservation program which will save a significant part of Fayette County's remarkable landscape in perpetuity.

Both before and after her tenure as Mayor, when Mrs. Miller saw a need, she wanted to address it. She started the Lexington Farmers' Market in 1973, the Children's Museum (now the Explorium) in the 1980s, Partners for Youth for inner city teenagers in 1994, and the Downtown Arts Center later in the 1990s. She has served as a member and chairperson of numerous Boards ranging from the Lexington Opera Society to the Lexington Child Abuse Council.

She was a founding member and former chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a position that enabled her to exercise her life-long passion for helping children and families. Governor Beshear appointed her to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, a distinct honor, and she now serves as its Chairperson.

Pam and her husband, Dr. Ralph Miller, a physician and Olympic skier, moved to Lexington in 1970 with their three little children. They found this city to be extraordinarily welcoming and a wonderful university community in which to work, raise a family, and make a difference in the quality of life.