Kenan-Flagler Business School


Kenan-Flagler Business School
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior


Steve Miller is a family business expert and co-founder of the Family Enterprise Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

His research focuses on next-generation leadership development in family-owned enterprises.

Dr. Miller works with family businesses and his students to help them develop world-class, sustainable enterprises. His approach to family business leadership is to create and use business and governance strategies that align business, family and ownership goals.

He draws on his 34 years of experience as the top non-family executive of the Vanderbilt/Cecil family-owned Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., where he played a key role in making Biltmore the most visited historic home in the United States, with over 1 million visitors each year.

He also is president of GenSpan, Inc. in Asheville. In addition to ongoing succession planning, leadership training, and strategic consulting for The Biltmore Company and other clients, he chairs the board of Draper & Kramer, a fourth-generation family-owned real estate development and management firm in Chicago, and serves on the board of Asheville Savings Bank, a public community bank.

Dr. Miller received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Undergraduate Business Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Areas of Expertise

  • family business
  • leadership
  • strategy
  • organizational behavior

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