Isaac Miles is a junior Business Administration major at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) with a strong commitment to leadership and community service. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and worked before and after his military service in youth development at the Beaufort County YMCA. In the spring semester of 2016, he received the USCB Student Life Outstanding Rising Leader Award for his efforts on campus and in the community. For the past two years he has played an active role in his fraternity, Delta Chi, serving as treasurer and chair of the community service and philanthropy committee. Delta Chi's main fundraising activity is for the Jimmy V Foundation. He has also been active in the Rotaract Club organizing numerous volunteer opportunities.. Currently, Mr. Miles is working in our Office of Student Life as the Civic and Community Engagement Coordinator. In this position he plans, implements and evaluates service activities with a variety of student organizations and local community agencies. His current projects are coordinating the regional Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which prepares free tax returns for working families, and also recruiting students to participate in local Special Olympics.
I have long been motivated to be a servant leader- a person who leads by example and makes a positive impact in my community. I first attended USCB in 2011 and that summer I worked at the local YMCA because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. In January of 2014, I joined the U.S. Navy to serve my country and continued to learn more about being a servant leader. After my military service, I returned home to Beaufort to continue my education at USCB. Once again I worked part-time at the YMCA to mentor youth. As a student, I have been very active on campus in my fraternity, Delta Chi, and also USCB's Rotaract Club. I joined these organizations because of their strong commitments to civic engagement, leadership development and community service. Currently, I am USCB's Civic and Community Engagement Coordinator. In this role, I am planning, implementing and evaluating service events for fellow students. As I reflect on my educational path, I realize a continuous thread of servant-leadership is an essential part of who I am. I am honored to be nominated as a Newman Civic Fellow.