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Louisville, Kentucky's Judi Miller Takes Over USTA Southern Section Presidency

June 12, 2003 11:27 AM

With a unanimous vote by the USTA Southern Section Management Committee on Saturday, June 7, Judi Miller officially started her term as section President, succeeding Gordon Smith. Prior to taking over as President, Miller had served as Executive Vice President of the USTA Southern Section.

While Miller has been the "acting" President of the USTA Southern Section since Gordon Smith's departure on May 19, her term could not officially begin until she was elected by the USTA Southern Section Management Committee.

Smith stepped down on May 19 after being elected to the Director-at-Large position of the USTA Board of Directors. Smith, from Atlanta, replaced Kurt Kamperman, who left his position on the Board to become Chief Executive of Community Tennis for the USTA.

It is expected that Miller's vacated Executive Vice President slot will be filled within the month by a current USTA Southern Section Management Committee member.

"I am thrilled and excited to be stepping into the role of USTA Southern Section President," said Miller. "The core of volunteers and full time staff here in the USTA Southern Section is fantastic and I am looking forward to working with them as President. While I am sorry to see Gordon Smith step down, I am confident that he will do an exemplary job on the USTA Board. We wish him the very best."

"Judi Miller has been an outstanding officer of the USTA Southern Section these past eight years and she will prove to be a terrific leader of the nearly 170,000-member organization," said John Callen, Executive Director of the USTA Southern Section.

Judi Miller, a resident of Louisville, KY, has had a long-standing volunteer relationship with the United States Tennis Association at the national, sectional and state levels. Her USTA National affiliation started in 1977 as a USTA Adult League Council Member. More recently she has served as Chairman of the USA League Tennis Mixed Doubles Subcommittee (1999-2000), been a member of the USA Tennis Adult Leagues Long Range Planning Committee (2001-2002) and Chairman USA Team Tennis Committee (2001-2002). She is currently serving a two-year term as a member of the USA League Tennis Committee.

Prior to taking over the office of USTA Southern Section President, Miller served on the USTA Southern Section Board of Directors as Executive Vice President (January 2003 - June 2003) and Vice President (1997-2002). In her home state of Kentucky, Miller served as President of the Kentucky Tennis Association (1993-1995) and acted as a State League Coordinator for the USA League Tennis program. She has also been a member of the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame Selection Committee since 2000.

Away from the game, she is married to husband Sam Miller. Together they have two children, Melissa Chastain and Samuel E. Miller II. Like his wife, Sam Miller is an active USTA volunteer and is presently a Trustee for the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation.




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