Bob Miles is a 1963 Purdue alumnus in civil engineering. After graduation, he joined The Ceco Corporation, a national concrete construction company, where his last position was Regional Manager of the Florida Division. Upon leaving Ceco, he started his own company, Bob L. Miles and Associates, a manufacturers’ representative selling to the construction industry. He sold the business in 2001 and retired in 2002.
He has been active in Kiwanis and Key Clubs for more than 46 years. He was instrumental in developing the award-winning “SHOTS by TWO” program in Jacksonville, Florida, increasing the immunization rate of children under 2 from 67 to 87 percent. Through his Kiwanis efforts, he was an active volunteer in the Jacksonville schools, particularly with disadvantaged students. He chaired the board of directors for the Child Care Center at Oak Crest Methodist Church where they developed a feasibility study into a brand new center that served over 200 children and their families.
Other volunteer efforts have focused on the Duval County 4-H Foundation, which he chaired for a number of years. He completed a term as president of the Northside Business Leaders in Jacksonville where they experienced unprecedented membership growth under his leadership.
Upon retirement and subsequent move to Maggie Valley, North Carolina, Bob remained active with the Kiwanis Club of Waynesville, serving as secretary of the Club and editor of the weekly newsletter. He was also active on the Advisory Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County and served on the Haywood County Child Abuse and Neglect Task Force.
Having moved back to Lafayette, he has joined the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette. Miles is a staunch supporter and advocate for the College of Health and Human Science and the Center for Families at Purdue. He and his wife, Joyce, also serve on the Student Life Advisory Council. They helped establish the Bob L. and Joyce Beery Miles Outdoor Learning Space at the Lyles Porter Speech, Hearing and Language Department. Their joy is following their two scholarship students through their progress at Purdue and beyond, as well as mentoring other students. They are excited to be back at Purdue and look forward to increasing their involvement.