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NDSU foundation director arrested for drunken driving

Jim Miller

The executive director of North Dakota State University's fundraising operation was arrested early Friday on suspicion of drunken driving.

Jim Miller, 61, was stopped by Fargo police at 12:04 a.m. at Fourth Avenue and 10th Street North, police said.

Miller was westbound on Second Avenue North and made an improper right turn onto 10th Street North when an officer pulled him over, said Sgt. Joe Anderson.

Miller's blood-alcohol concentration was not available. A blood sample was taken, but the results weren't known yet, Anderson said.

Miller was taken to the Cass County Jail, where he posted $500 bail about 2 a.m. Friday. He signed a promise to appear in Fargo Municipal Court on Feb. 18.

Miller, who has led the NDSU Development Foundation since 1982, did not return a call seeking comment.

The foundation is a private nonprofit organization that raises money for NDSU.

Miller is not an employee of NDSU. He reports to the foundation's board of trustees.

Ron Olson, president of the board, said members of the foundation's executive committee will discuss the arrest next week during their regular meeting

Olson said he does not anticipate that the foundation will discipline Miller.

"We all have personal issues, and I'm sure he's very disappointed in himself in this situation," Olson said. "We'll have to see how it unfolds."

Olson added that Miller has done a "wonderful job" serving the foundation for more than 20 years.

Miller was not at a foundation-related event prior to the arrest, Olson said.

Miller came under fire last fall for cost overruns with the NDSU president's house, which the foundation oversaw.