Hodges University names Wayne and Mavis Miller 2012 Luminaries of the Year

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Hodges University announced today that it has selected longtime Fort Myers residents Wayne and Mavis Miller as its 2012 Luminaries of the Year award recipients. The annual award will be presented during a luncheon on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa.

The Luminary Award recognizes local citizens who personify society’s most valued human characteristics and thus have moved society in a positive way, serving as distinguished examples of the virtues of perseverance, honesty, moral character and charity.

“It is an honor to recognize two people whose dedication to the Lee County area has had a profound effect upon the landscape of this community,” said Philip M. Memoli, Vice President of University Advancement for Hodges University. “Wayne and Mavis have generously given of their time and talents in order to help build a strong community, and have done so for over half a century. Their dedication to many important projects and worthy causes makes them true Luminaries, and we are pleased to recognize them for all that they have achieved.”

Residents of Fort Myers since 1956, Wayne and Mavis Miller have worked tirelessly in making Lee County the vibrant community it is today. As a young engineer, T. Wayne Miller, Jr. was employed to direct a county-wide permanent mosquito control program funded by the Florida State Board of Health.  After a consolidation of the local districts, Wayne was appointed Director of the Lee County Mosquito Control District (LCMCD), a position he held for 38 years.  His vision and planning led to cutting edge control techniques, research, and education programs, making the LCMCD one of the leading mosquito control programs in the world.

Since moving to Lee County, Mavis Miller has been a dedicated worker and supporter of First Baptist Church of Fort Myers. She also studied to become a registered Real Estate Broker and graduate from the Realtors Institute. She launched a successful business career in the late 1970’s working as a real estate agent and investor.

Both Wayne and Mavis Miller also have a storied history of giving back to the community. As a proud and dedicated Rotarian, Wayne has been a member of perfect attendance in the Rotary Club of Fort Myers for 55 years, serving as President in 1976. He has coordinated activities for the Community Easter Sunrise Service in Fort Myers, the annual Community Prayer Breakfast, and has served in a wide variety of offices at First Baptist of Fort Myers.

Both Wayne and Mavis have served as President/CEO and Trustee respectively of the John E. and Aliese Price Foundation, helping fund dozens of local charities. Mavis is also a life member of the Edison State College Foundation, and is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Lee County and the Tiffany Circle Society of Women leaders of the American Red Cross.

Wayne and Mavis Miller join a growing list of those honored for their contributions to the community. Previous Luminary Award recipients include Francis and Sam Bailey (2011) and Dr. Veronica Shoemaker (2010).

For their outstanding involvement and dedication to our community, and for making significant contributions of leadership and service which have improved and enriched the lives of so many residents of our community, Hodges University is pleased to honor Wayne and Mavis Miller as its 2012 Luminaries of the Year. The couple will be formally recognized at a luncheon on March 29, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at The Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. 

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