Geographic Connection to Pennsylvania: Mapleton Depot, Huntingdon County
First working as a teacher and then a businessman, Miller's books, such as The Independent Business School in American Education, reflect these interests.
Born on September 14, 1893, in Mapleton Depot, Pennsylvania, Jay Miller received his PhD from Temple University and went to write a variety of pieces about business and administration, as well as to teach. He died in April of 1975.
Jay Wilson Miller was born in Mapleton Depot, Pennsylvania to Abram and Maggie (Wilson) Miller on September 14, 1893. His parents worked on a farm, and its success allowed him to attend Juniata College where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 1910. Miller married E. Lillian Steinbach on December 29, 1914. He made his living as a rural high school and college teacher, teaching business and even managing a business school until 1923.
Going back to school, he received Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1924. From there, Miller moved on to the Goldey Beacom School of Business in Wilmington, Delaware, where he taught and eventually became president from 1951 until 1968. During his time there, he also completed his Master’s of Education and Doctorate of Education at Temple University in 1936 and 1939, respectively.
In those years of teaching and schooling, he wrote a number of books on business and teaching, most notably The Independent Business School in American Education. Like many of his works, it revolves around business learning and education, analyzing the creation and success of the independent business school and explaining its position in the educational system. He writes that “The independent business school has survived all kinds of economic conditions and all kinds of praise and criticism. For many years it was the only educational agency preparing young people for business careers. In recent years, despite the spreading influence of collegiate and junior collegiate training, the place of the independent business school has been encroached upon, but never absorbed, by other educational agencies.” Miller conducted and wrote some of the best research about business schooling in the early part of the 20th century and continues to be referenced on the subject to this day.
Not long after that book (his last) was published, his wife died on May 2, 1967. Happily, he did remarry—to Evelyn R. Kulp on May 15, 1968. They were married until his death in April of 1975. His contributions to Goldey-Beacom College have been commemorated by that institution in two ways. He is the namesake of one of the campus dormitories, as well as of the Jay W. Miller Memorial Award, “granted to a student graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in recognition of personal growth, scholarship, maturity” and other salutary qualities.
Methods in Commercial Teaching. (editor) Cincinnati: South-Western Publishing, 1925
Personal Efficiency. New York: Gregg Publishing Division, 1926
Cases in Salesmanship. Cincinnati: South-Western Publishing, 1930
A Critical Analysis of the Organization, Administration, and Funding of the Private Business Schools of the United States. Cincinnati: South-Western Publishing, 1939
The Independent Business School in America. New York: Gregg Publishing Division, 1964