Patrice Miles, assistant dean of business operations at Georgia Tech Professional Education, the lifetime learning arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology, received the prestigious Walton S. Bittner Service Citation from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), the leading organization in professional, continuing, and online education. With over a decade of service to both Georgia Tech Professional Education and UPCEA, Miles was selected for the award in recognition of her leadership in higher education and championship of lifetime learning and professional education.
The Walton S. Bittner Service Citation is given to express appreciation to a member for outstanding service in professional, continuing, and/or online education at his/her institution, and service of major significance to UPCEA. “Patrice is a tireless advocate for lifetime learning. Her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm has been a key component to the success we’ve seen at Georgia Tech, and her willingness to share and support others through UPCEA contributes to the growth of continuing education and lifetime learning elsewhere as well,’” said Nelson Baker, dean of Professional Education at Georgia Tech. Miles was presented the award at the 2019 UPCEA Annual Conference in Seattle, Wash. While accepting the award, Miles said, “This is truly an honor. UPCEA consistently strives to provide opportunities and innovative ways to advance the promotion of continuing education. It’s been a wonderful experience and growth opportunity for me to work with such a powerful network of experienced people and trusted advisors."
As the assistant dean of business operations for Georgia Tech Professional Education, Miles works closely with the executive team to align the division's strategic business objectives for academic programs, while creating and sustaining effective processes to support superior customer service. She oversees and manages the business and finance, communications, IT, marketing, operations, and space rental sales departments. Prior to joining Tech, Miles had a successful 20+ year career at Delta Air Lines, most recently as the vice president of consumer marketing.