SWIB names first executive director for Office of Workforce Development

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The Office of Workforce Development has its leader. 

Ryan Miller has been selected as the agency’s first executive director by the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) Executive Committee. In the role, Miller will lead the workforce development strategy and implementation for the state.

“We are excited Ryan has agreed to take on this critical task and are looking forward to the significant work ahead,” Patrick Sullivan, Chairman of the SWIB, said. “There is probably no other public policy issue that will have a greater economic impact for more Mississippians than an effective workforce development system with all parts working together towards a common mission. The State’s goal in creating this office and now in hiring Ryan to lead it is to do just, put strategies in place that will more quickly move the economic needle for Mississippi’s communities and households.” 

For the past 13 years, Miller has worked with the Center for Manufacturing Excellence at Ole Miss to prepare students for successful careers in Mississippi’s advanced industries.

“I am pleased to welcome Ryan to the Office of Workforce Development and to the enormous responsibility of overseeing Mississippi’s workforce growth strategy,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “Our collective goal is to direct more Mississippians into higher-paying opportunities and train more people to meet the demands of businesses in the 21st century. For the first time, Mississippi will have an Office to oversee the many facets of workforce and a highly capable executive in Ryan to lead it.”

While working with the CME, Ryan worked with the state community college system, state and federal legislative delegations, and economic development agencies as he positioned the CME to increase its service to industry and students. He has traveled extensively, representing the CME as a resource for positive growth in the state.

“I am honored and thrilled to be offered this opportunity. I love my home state and will endeavor to represent her with integrity, passion, and a drive to see the lives of Mississippians positively impacted by what we do. Make no mistake, we will be innovative and committed to see industry thrive, our citizens grow in prosperity, and more industry make Mississippi their home,” Miller said.

The State Workforce Investment Board is scheduled to confirm Ryan as the Executive Director on March 31, and Ryan is expected to start full-time in mid-April.

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