FILE – This March 14, 2019, file photo shows Gail Miller, owner and chairwoman of the Utah Jazz, after addressing the crowd before an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, in Salt Lake City. The majority interest of the Utah Jazz is being sold to technology entrepreneur Ryan Smith, a move that when formally approved by the NBA will end the Miller family’s 35-year run as owners of the franchise. The Jazz said Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, that “definitive agreements” have been struck with Smith on the sale of the team, Vivint Arena, the team’s G League affiliate and management of a Triple-A baseball club. Part of those agreements call for the team to remain in Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
LOGAN – Larry H. Miller Company owner Gail Miller will serve as Utah State University’s commencement speaker for its 137th ceremony taking place on May 2. She becomes the 10th woman to fill that role.
She will also receive an honorary doctorate degree as will Darren B. Parry, former chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation and retired U.S. Air Force general Bruce Carlson, now chair of the Space Dynamics Lab Board of Directors.
With the purchase of a single automobile dealership in Murray, Utah in 1979, Larry and Gail Miller started the Larry H. Miller Company. With headquarters now in Sandy, Utah the company has expanded with a growing portfolio of companies and values-guided investments across the United States with involvement in entertainment, sports, real estate and automotive industries.
Born in Sandy, Gail is known throughout Utah for her philanthropic work, and her desire to promote positive change.
USU’s 137th commencement begins Thursday, May 2, at 8:15 a.m. with a processional starting from the Quad across campus into the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum where the ceremony will begin at 9 a.m.