Miller retired as CEO and president in 2016, passing the job to Colleen Piller, who worked with him for over 27 years.
“Arch was loved and respected by the employees of IAJ from the very first day they started with him,” she said. “He never let a day go by to stop and say hi. He would pop into classrooms, visit with students and make sure they were happy. More than anything, he craved a family culture.”
The school’s staff has a 10-year club for employees who have been at the Academy for over a decade. Piller said 12 people are part of that group, which shows the longevity of the staff under his leadership.
“Everyone here today is mourning the loss,” Piller said.
Miller left behind five daughters and four grandchildren.
“He was a great dad,” said Nancy Miller.
In 1988, Miller earned the Clark County First Citizen award. His accomplishments include serving as a board member of Identity Clark County, and he was the president of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce board and Vancouver Rotary Club.
He had a great love for baseball, which drove him into a leadership role to bring minor league baseball to Vancouver. It ultimately did not succeed because the team relocated to Hillsboro.