Jason Miller Named New Director of Recreation and Leisure Services
This past November, Jason Miller was named the Township’s new director of recreation and leisure services. Former director Paul Besterman will maintain a key role in the Recreation Department in a senior strategic advisor position.
Miller comes to Upper St. Clair from the University of Pittsburgh, where he served for 12 years as the associate director of wellness and recreation programs and assistant director of facilities and aquatics.
“Thank you to the Township administration, staff and community members for welcoming me into this role,” said Miller. “Supporting positive health, lifestyle and the well-being of others is my passion. I’m honored and excited to serve the Upper St. Clair community alongside an outstanding team of talented and dedicated individuals.”
In his most recent role as associate director of wellness and recreation programs at Pitt, Miller was responsible for providing administrative and strategic leadership for a department consisting of 15 professional staff members and over 250 student employees, while also serving a community of nearly 50,000 students, faculty, staff and external partners.
Miller was heavily involved with the design, development and construction oversight of the new nine-story, $255 million, 270,000 square foot Campus and Recreation Wellness Center at the Pitt, which is set to be completed in 2025.
In addition, Miller oversaw the development and delivery of all wellness and recreation related programs, including but not limited to intramurals, club sports, group fitness, personal training, outdoor pursuits and special events. He jointly oversaw the management of all facilities and operations, comprising of more than 10 buildings and over 700,000 square feet of property.
While at Pitt, he facilitated and organized on-campus events, introduced new marketing and communications strategies to increase community engagement and feedback, expanded core programs and co-led the development and expansion of Thrive @ Pitt, an initiative aimed at supporting and enhancing the well-being of the university community.
Prior to joining Pitt, Miller served as the aquatics director at Central York School District and as the assistant aquatics director at the Harrisburg Area YMCA.
He has been a member of nearly a dozen committees and associations, including the U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network, the Pitt Campus Well-Being Consortium, NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and NIRSA, Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.
He has presented at national and regional conferences, including the 2023 NASPA Annual Conference, the 2023 NIRSA Annual Conference and the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth, and Family Annual Training.
Miller has earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.