Charles Miller was a highly successful portfolio manager, as well as an entrepreneur during a career in investment management which spanned several decades. He built a large mutual fund company with a wide variety of product lines, including money market, equity and fixed income funds, domestic and foreign, distributed in all fifty states. In the mid-1990s, he developed an investment fund which invested in special situation equities and in recent years, has managed his own portfolios.
Charles is chairman emeritus and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, the largest business organization in Texas. He was appointed to a six-year term of The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor George W. Bush in February 1999. The Board named him Chairman in 2001 where he served until mid-2004.
Mr. Miller has served on the board of directors of the Governor’s Business Council; the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy; and the Texas Medical Center. Miller has previously been a member of the Board of Visitors of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; an advisory committee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and the boards of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; St. John’s College; the National Wildlife Federation Endowment; National Center for Policy Analysis; the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute; Just for the Kids; Central Houston, Inc.; Downtown Houston Association; Houston Grand Opera; Houston Museum of Natural Science; National Center for Genome Resources; Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board; J. P. Morgan Chase of Houston; and the Santa Fe Institute. He also was a member of the Council of Overseers of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School at Rice University; advisory trustee of the Houston Ballet Foundation; and a member of the Governor’s Task Force on State Trust and Asset Management.
Charles is a former chairman of the Texas Educational Economic Policy Center; the Governor’s Select Committee on Public Education; the Capital Formation Committee of the Governor’s Task Force on Texas Business Development and Jobs Creation; the Texas State Pension Review Board; the University of Houston Foundation; and the Downtown Houston Management District. He was the founder and chairman of the Charter School Resource Center of Texas; the Center for the Study of Community; and the Sol y Sombra Foundation.
Mr. Miller has been recognized for his civic and business activities by the University of St. Thomas and the Center for Business Ethics; the American Leadership Forum; Downtown Houston Association; Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA); National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine; Neighborhood Centers, Inc.; Texas Monthly magazine; and the United Negro College Fund.
He earned a degree in Mathematics in 1959 from The University of Texas at Austin.