A Built Legacy

Main Administration Building Named for Longtime Senate President
By Liam Farrell | Photo by John T. Consoli

One of the most iconic buildings on campus now honors one of the most influential politicians in Maryland history with its new name: the Thomas V. Miller Jr. Administration Building.

Miller, a 1964 graduate who has spent 50 years in the General Assembly, was the longest-serving state senate president in U.S. history and a prime architect for the physical and reputational standing of UMD today.

“His name will remind us all of his unwavering pursuit of service to the great state of Maryland and to the world,” says UMD President Darryll J. Pines.

Miller was at the forefront of reorganizing the state’s higher education system in 1988 and designating College Park as its flagship institution. He shepherded dozens of building projects, including the Xfinity Center and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and helped create MPowering the State, linking UMD and the University of Maryland, Baltimore in a $1.2 billion research enterprise.

A 1967 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and native of Clinton, Md., Miller was elected to represent Prince George’s County in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1970, and to the Maryland State Senate in 1974. He served as its president from 1987 to 2020.


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