biosketch as of 2004
Charles Miller was appointed to a six-year term of The University of Texas System Board of
Regents by Governor George W. Bush in February 1999. Mr. Miller served as Chairman of the Board
from April 30, 2001, until June 2, 2004.
last updated June 2004
He is Chairman of Meridian National, Inc., a private, family investment partnership based in
Houston. He retired in 1992 as president and chief executive officer of an international
investment management company he founded and built under the name Criterion Group, before
its merger with a large financial service firm. He was instrumental in developing the company's
worldwide investment management activities. Under his direction, the firm was involved with
the investment management of mutual funds, large pension and endowment funds, and venture
Mr. Miller is an expert in the area of monetary affairs, particularly as they affect securities
markets, and he has been directly responsible for the management of large institutional and
He is Chairman Emeritus and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership,
the largest business organization in Texas. He serves on the board of directors of the Governor's
Business Council, the James B. Hunt, Jr., Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, the
Texas Medical Center, the Financial Foundation for Charter Schools of Texas, and the Texas Water
Mr. Miller has been active in numerous other civic, educational, and business organizations. He
has been a member of the Board of Visitors of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer
Center, an advisory committee of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the boards of
the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; St. John's College; the National Wildlife Federation
Endowment; National Center for Policy Analysis; the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute; Just for the
Kids; Central Houston, Inc.; the Congressional Human Rights Foundation; Downtown Houston
Association; Houston Grand Opera; Houston Museum of National Science; National Center for
Genome Resources; Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board;
JP Morgan Chase of Houston; and the Santa Fe Institute.
He also was a member of the Council of Overseers of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School at
Rice University; advisory trustee of the Houston Ballet Foundation; and a member of the
Governor's Task Force on State Trust and Asset Management.
He is a former Chairman of the Texas Educational Economic Policy Center; the Governor's Select
Committee on Public Education; the Capital Formation Committee of the Governor's Task Force on
Texas Business Development and Jobs Creation; the Texas State Pension Review Board; the University
of Houston Foundation; and the Downtown Houston Management District.
Mr. Miller was the founder and Chairman of the Charter School Resource Center of Texas; the
Center for the Study of Community; and the Sol y Sombra Foundation.
Mr. Miller has been recognized for his civic and business activities by the University of
St. Thomas and the Center for Business Ethics; the American Leadership Forum; Downtown Houston
Association; Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Multicultural Education and Counseling
through the Arts (MECA); National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine;
Neighborhood Centers, Inc.; Texas Monthly magazine; and the United Negro College Fund.
Mr. Miller earned a degree in Mathematics in 1959 from The University of Texas at Austin
and is married to Beth Miller.