Colorado Mesa University Athletic Director Butch Miller announced his resignation on Thursday.
Miller, who began his tenure as AD at the Grand Junction university on July 1, 2008, after serving as associate AD for five years, stepped away because of personal health and family reasons.
"I would like to thank President [Tim] Foster for all his support, and I am very grateful for the opportunity that was bestowed upon me at this great university," Miller said via a press release sent out by the school on Thursday. "I will cherish the relationships I had with my coaches, colleagues and student-athletes and all the support and encouragement over the years."
In his lengthy tenure as an administrator, Miller has been involved in the expansion and development of CMU's athletic facilities and the addition of 12 intercollegiate varsity sports programs.
As associate AD, Miller oversaw the athletic department's fundraising. He was a corporate sponsor liaison and served as golf card coordinator from 2003-2008. Prior to his associate AD duties, he served as corporate sponsor sales director from 2000-2003.
"I applaud Butch for his years of service and we wish him well," Foster said. "We will miss his optimistic attitude and boyish charm."
A native of Sterling, Miller was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Sterling High School. He attended Colby Community College in Colby, Kan., where he was a two-year starter in center field for the Trojans. Miller later transferred to Mesa State College, where he roamed center field for the Mavericks and was a two-time All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection.
Following his playing career, Miller served as assistant baseball coach at Mesa from 1997-2003. He was named the head women's golf coach in 2004 and guided the program to numerous school and individual records. He was twice named the RMAC Coach of the Year.
Miller earned a bachelor of arts degree from Mesa and a master's degree from Colorado Christian University.
An active member of the community since his arrival in the Grand Valley, Miller was on the Relay for Life committee for three years and served as the chair for the 2006 Grand Junction Relay for Life. He has served on the JUCO World Series committee for the past nine years and oversees the annual JUCO youth clinic. He has worked with Partners and has been a volunteer with the Special Olympics and the American Cancer Society.
Miller has two sons, Skyler (16) and Peyton (14).