Winston “Wink” Miller
“There are so many things I admire about Wink. First, he is a truly steadfast friend. Second he is passionate that all of education should be centered on the kids. The bureaucracy, organization, staff and resources should all be there to serve them not vice versa. Third, Wink really understands good instruction and what makes for an excellent teacher. Fourth, he has been an incredible colleague and partner to work with. He complements well those areas where I am not as strong; he is imaginative and creative. He has been amazing to collaborate with and I think we have been a good team.”
-Dan Johnson, co-leader, Mid-Willamette cohort
Wink currently is an instructor in the Portland State University IAL Program in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Wink and Dan developed the cohort model for this program 22 years ago and it has become a model for the preparation of principals and school administrators.
Wink was an administrator in the Salem-Keizer School District for 26 years. During his career he worked at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and spent over half his career in various central office positions. He was assistant principal at Sprague High School, principal at Wright and Highland Elementary Schools, director of staff development, area director for the McKay, McNary and North Areas of the Salem Keizer District, director of elementary education and assistant superintendent with responsibility for more than 50 schools and all educational services in the district.
Wink was active in numerous state wide educational associations. He was the director of the Oregon Association of Student Councils Workshops, served on the executive board for the Oregon Elementary Principals Association, and a regional director for the COSA Institute for the Advancement of Leadership. He also was on the advisory council for the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory School Improvement Program, was on the board of directors for the National Staff Development Council and a board member for the International Authentic Assessment Consortium.
After Wink retired from Salem-Keizer Schools he continued his work with Portland State University and was CEO of Miller Leadership Consulting. Miller Leadership collaborated with the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Temple University, and the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory to provide school improvement services to schools and districts in 24 states.
Wink was awarded the Instructional Leadership Award from COSA and the Excellence in Administrative Preparation Leadership Award from Portland State University. He was awarded the Leadership in Staff Development Award from the International Training Director’s Forum.
Wink graduated from Portland State University in 1972 and earned a master’s in Counseling from Lewis and Clark College in 1974. His post-master’s principal and superintendent work was done at PSU and Lewis and Clark.
Wink has been married to the love of his life, Anne for 41 years. He is the proud father of two sons and a daughter and his favorite title is “Poppy” to nine grand children. He has pictures!!
So when I think of Dan – Dan the man – Dr. Dan – he is the brother from another mother. I don’t have any brothers – but if I could pick one – it would be Dan. He is a kind and caring man – he loves his family and his friends. He serves his community- he is generous – he gives – a lot! Dan is great at making complex projects user friendly. His pattern of thinking and doing is clear. I always look forward to working with Dan. He has been amazing to collaborate with and I think we have been a good team. It will be weird not to be part of the Dan and Wink show next year – 22 years working together and I have aways looked forward to our work together.
-Wink Miller, co-leader, Mid-Willamette cohort
Dan Johnson, EdD, retires as Distinguished Administrator in Residence at Portland State University. Dan co-led Portland State’s off campus programs for initial administrative licensure (IAL). He and colleague, Wink Miller, developed the cohort model for this program 22 years ago and it has become a model for the preparation of principals and other administrators. Dan is author of the program’s School Law Primer and has worked extensively in leadership development.
Dan was an administrator in the Salem-Keizer School District for 25 years. During his career he was a middle and high school principal, area director and director of instructional services for the District. During his 7-1/2 years as principal at South Salem High School, it was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a School of Excellence. Dan began his teaching career in Blue Island, Illinois, in 1968.
In 1989, Dan was one of two administrators in Oregon presented with the prestigious Instructional Leadership Award from COSA’s Institute for the Advancement of Leadership. He has been a presenter at numerous national, regional, and local conferences and has served on many statewide and local committees and task forces.
Dan graduated from North Park College, Chicago, Illinois, where he received the alumni association’s award as the Outstanding Graduating Senior. His graduate work definitely has an Oregon influence. He completed his masters from Western Oregon (then OCE) in 1974. He completed his standard license in guidance and counseling at Oregon State University. He received his administrative licenses through the University of Oregon and in 1991 received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Portland State University.
Online guest book
Dan Johnson and Winston (Wink) Miller, retire after leading 20+ years of administrative cohorts in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Dan and Wink has touched the lives of hundreds of Oregon’s school leaders, and thousands of students. Please join us in celebrating their work and legacy by signing our online guest book below.