Georgia Miller-Mjartan '02

Great Grads: Georgia Miller-Mjartan ’02

news-mjartanLittle Rock is Where the Heart Is

She could have gone to Princeton, Yale, or Harvard, but as a high school senior, Georgia Miller – now president of the Donaghey Scholars Constituency Chapter for the UALR Alumni Association – chose UALR for the world-class education she wanted to pursue her interests in public affairs and political communications.

The 2002 UALR graduate found what she was seeking – and then some. She met her future husband, Dominik Mjartan, a fellow student in UALR′s Donaghey Scholars leadership program, at UALR. She was a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship, but opted instead to become Arkansas′ first George Mitchell Scholar, one of only 12 in the country, and went off to the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland to earn a master′s degree in public affairs and political communication.

The Mjartans – he, a native Slovakian – returned to Little Rock after graduate school and launched promising and lucrative careers, she as a consultant and he as vice president of development and investor relations at Southern Financial Partners.

Then last year, she pursued and won the job of executive director of Our House homeless shelter. The career move was a tribute to the philosophy of public service that UALR and its leadership program strive to instill in its graduates.

“This is where I grew up. This is my community,” she said.

The world was Georgia Miller Mjartan′s oyster. She is finding her pearl in Little Rock.