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The Miller family announced today in the following statement that Zell B. Miller has died. Senator Miller, ’51, was an alumnus and lifelong supporter of YHC. He was an active member of the Board of Trustees for 30 years, served on the faculty and as the baseball coach for numerous years, and was a regular fan at many YHC athletic events and fine arts performances. YHC is forever grateful for the friendship and dedication Senator Miller showed the College.

Former Governor Zell Miller Has Died

YOUNG HARRIS , Ga. – Miller Institute Foundation CEO Bryan Miller announced today that former Georgia Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller has died after being treated for Parkinson’s Disease. Governor Miller was 86 years old. He passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side.

“My grandfather passed away peacefully surrounded by his family,” said Miller. “The people of Georgia have lost one of our state’s finest public servants.”

As his grandson, I learned more from Zell Miller both professionally and personally than from anyone else I have encountered. He was more than my grandfather. He was my dear friend and mentor. I cherish all the time we spent together. I will never forget the lessons he taught me, his witty sense of humor, or his contagious smile. Our family will miss him terribly.”

The family is not receiving visitors and asks for privacy as they mourn this tremendous loss. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Miller Institute Foundation in memory of Zell Miller. Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.

More on Governor Zell Miller
Zell Miller served as Mayor of Young Harris from 1959-1960. He served as a Georgia State Senator from 1961-1964. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Georgia for 16 years from 1975-1991. He is currently the longest serving Lieutenant Governor in Georgia history.

Zell Miller served as the 79th Governor of Georgia from 1991-1999. As Governor, he created the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship and Georgia’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program. He went on to serve in the U.S. Senate from 2000-2005.

Today, more than 1.8 million students have gone to college in Georgia on HOPE Scholarships and more than 1.6 million four-year olds have begun their education through Georgia’s Pre-K Program. These were his proudest achievements in his 46-year career in public service.