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Louisiana
Center for the Book

Celebrating Readers, Writers and Their Books

If you are looking for Information on author submission criteria, follow this link or email the Louisiana Book Festival Office with questions concerning author submissions.

SEND US EMAIL
(225) 219 - 9503
Louisiana Center for the Book
701 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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James W. Miller
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Jim Miller has spent four decades in the sports world as a journalist and executive. After 11 years as a newspaper reporter, he joined the National Football League Management Council in 1981. His 21-year NFL career included positions with the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears. Miller became athletic director at the University of New Orleans in 2003, guiding the program through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, an ordeal chronicled in Where the Water Kept Rising.

Where the Water Kept Rising: A College Athletic Director's Fight to Save a New Orleans Institution

After 20 years as an executive with the National Football League and three of its member clubs, Jim Miller had reached the pinnacle of professional sports. Yet an offer to become athletic director of a "mid-major" college program in New Orleans was a welcomed opportunity to slow the pace and possibly make a difference in the lives of young student-athletes. Little did he know that he was about to enter the most frustrating, exhausting and challenging time of his life. Miller was named athletic director at the University of New Orleans January 24, 2003. The first 32 months on the job were gratifying as he watched the hopeful faces of young athletes competing, often with more determination than distinction. The program struggled financially but always seemed to balance its modest budget. Then on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept over the region, sparing none but casting its more fragile institutions into perilous crisis. Where the Water Kept Rising is the story of Jim Miller's fight to save a traumatically injured program and the collateral damage suffered by its coaches and student-athletes. Initially, hopes of a quick recovery were dashed by the roiling waters of inattention and bureaucratic delays and finally by decisions ostensibly made to preserve only the academic mission. Woven throughout is the story of a young basketball player who survived the terror of the storm only to become engulfed in its aftermath. During the entire time, Miller and his family were enduring their own tribulations that come in the wake of a tragedy. The University of New Orleans' struggle has been given national attention by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Sports Illustrated and other publications. But not until now has the inside story been told. Jim Miller's fight to save a struggling athletic program is a story of leadership, conflict and courage that should be required reading for every sports management professional and educator.

 

2:30 PM – 3 PM

House Committee Room 3

Book Talk

Where the Water Kept Rising

 

3:15 PM – 4 PM

Barnes & Noble Tent

Book Signing