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Released July 6, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- 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."

Mueller, his 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.

"I'm intrigued 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."

Glenn Mueller 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.

The Business 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.

"This 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 can accomplish."

Supporters 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.


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