A $5 million gift from Katy A. and Kyle D. Miller, BBA ’01, to SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business will create a place that will kindle productive partnerships and cultivate meaningful connections to fuel the success of the Cox community. The Millers’ generous commitment will establish the Katy and Kyle Miller Courtyard, part of the future Cox School renovation and expansion project, which will provide faculty, staff, students and visitors with an open, welcoming environment to exchange ideas, form lifelong friendships and build business associations.
“Kyle embodies all that is great about SMU and the Cox School in particular; his entrepreneurial spirit, ability to tackle grand challenges with grace and determination and his inclusive approach impress everyone he meets,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “SMU is deeply grateful to Katy and Kyle for leading by example and for their ongoing commitment to helping the next generation of business leaders succeed.”
The new Katy and Kyle Miller Courtyard, an oasis along Bishop Boulevard, will be a place for students, faculty, staff, visitors and corporate partners to gather for lunch, study sessions, discussions and formal events. Enhanced landscaping and seating areas highlight the surrounding historic façades and provide shaded sanctuary. The space features four building entries and a stunning view into the new Commons to the east.
“The Cox School gave me the skills I needed to succeed in my career, and Katy and I are excited to pay that gift forward and empower future entrepreneurs and business leaders.”– Kyle Miller, BBA ’01, founder, president and CEO of Silver Hill Energy Partners, LP
“We felt it was a privilege to give back to a place that has given us so much,” says Kyle Miller, founder, president and CEO of Silver Hill Energy Partners. “The Cox School gave me the skills I needed to succeed in my career, and Katy and I are excited to pay that gift forward and empower future entrepreneurs and business leaders. We can’t wait to see what future Fortune 500 companies get their start over coffee in the courtyard.”
The Katy and Kyle Miller Courtyard is part of the Cox renovation and expansion project that will equip the Cox School to meet the needs of an ever-changing business landscape. The new Cox facilities will foster educational excellence and collaboration. Through the renovation and expansion project, Cox will further its goals and scope, sparking new developments and taking on new challenges to place it prominently and competitively on the world stage to shape the leadership pipeline and create a culture at Cox, where faculty and students are encouraged to spend their days on campus collaborating and tackling grand challenges.
“The Miller family has been integral to the growth of the Cox School. We are very proud to count Kyle and his father, David Miller, ’72, MBA ’73, among our illustrious alumni,” says Cox School Dean Matthew B. Myers, Tolleson Chair in Business Leadership and David B. Miller Endowed Professor in Business. “We are grateful to Kyle and Katy for their continued commitment to helping our community forge new connections and generate new ideas.”
Kyle Miller currently serves as president and CEO of Silver Hill Energy Holdings, LLC, and Silver Hill Partners, LP, oil and gas investment and operating partnerships based in Dallas. He founded the Silver Hill franchise in 2011 and, throughout the past decade, led Silver Hill I and II through the successful acquisition, development and disposition of multiple large-scale oil and gas assets. In addition to his leadership roles, Miller also created, managed and sold several midstream and minerals joint ventures that supported the company’s core operating businesses.
Prior to Silver Hill, Miller was a principal and senior vice president of Energy Trust Partners in Dallas, where he led the firm’s business development efforts and assisted in the management and oversight of the firm’s upstream private equity funds. Before Energy Trust, Miller was a vice president at Energy Spectrum Advisors in Dallas, and he began his career with Wells Fargo Bank and Wells Fargo Energy Advisors in Houston, Texas.
Miller received a BBA degree in finance from SMU in 2001. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus award from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business. He is also an active volunteer and currently serves on the Cox School of Business Executive Board, as well as the boards of Goodwill Industries of Dallas and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation.
Katy A. Miller was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the College of Arts and Science. Katy Miller is an active community volunteer in Dallas and also serves on the Children’s Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors and Executive Committee and the Senior Source Board of Directors and is an active volunteer with Goodwill Industries of Dallas. She formerly worked at Bank of Texas prior to the birth of her three children, currently ages 10, 8 and 5.
“Kyle and Katy’s passion for SMU and dedication to the Cox School have inspired other young philanthropic Mustangs to give back to the University,” says Brad E. Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs. “We are grateful to Kyle and Katy for this wonderful new place that promises to enrich the lives of our students and faculty.” This gift is part of SMU’s multiyear, $1.5 billion campaign, SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow. As a premier private university, SMU exists to shape future leaders who transform communities and organizations through ingenuity and thoughtful problem-solving. Building on our history of excellence, we launched SMU Ignited to attract and support outstanding students and faculty, to explore new fields and cutting-edge technologies, and to positively impact Dallas and the world beyond.