-- Gulf Coast pizza entrepreneur Glenn Mueller knows about the value
of a University of Southern Mississippi education because he hires
many graduates as team members of RPM Pizza LLC of Gulfport. He
even admits that he's a "Southern Miss alumni wannabe."
wife Valerie, nephew Richard III and his wife Stephenie (correct
spelling) have made an investment in the university by way of a
$50,000 commitment that will go toward naming a classroom in the
new business building planned to house the university's College
of Business and Economic Development. Mueller is president and chief
executive officer of RPM and Richard is chief operating officer
of the company.
by the college's goals to get to the top 100 business schools in
the country. That appealed to me. The building is a symbol and a
reality that can happen," said Mueller. Mueller and daughter
Stephanie, a Southern Miss senior business student, recently presented
the first $10,000 installment to CBED Dean Dr. Harold Doty.
As the largest
U.S. franchisee of Domino's Pizza, RPM Pizza operates about 160
Domino's stores in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas.
"After 23 years in business, we're only as good as our people.
We have many (Southern Miss) graduates who work for us and who have
franchises," said Mueller. "We can help our company and
at the same time have a great strategic partnership with (Southern
Miss). We can make a difference."
was formerly a certified public accountant who earned his bachelor's
degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master's of business
administration from the University of Michigan. Active in community
affairs, he also is a chairman of the Long Beach Vision 2020 Committee,
the Long Beach School Safety Task Force and a member of St. Thomas
Catholic Church. His wife Valerie is founder and owner of Sports
for Life, a nonprofit organization established to help young athletes
on the Gulf Coast.
Advisory Council is composed of approximately 80 business leaders
from Mississippi and 10 other states who support CBED initiatives
with the ultimate goal of achieving national recognition for the
college. Mueller has been a member of the CBED Business Advisory
Council since 2001.
commitment is a great boost for our campaign," said Doty. "To
have business and community leaders like the Muellers supportive
of our efforts in helping students develop careers is a huge validation
of our service to the state of Mississippi. Individuals like the
Muellers serve as great inspiration for our students and what they
of the business school launched the $50 million campaign in 2003
with pledges of more than $5 million to build a new business building
and to enhance programs. For more information about the campaign,
contact Emile Dieth, development officer, at (601) 266-6824.