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Muller Named NACCE Fellow

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has named Gary Muller with Catawba Valley Community College among its first-ever NACCE Fellows in Community Outreach.

Muller is head of the college’s business programs, including the Small Business Center and Entrepreneurship Associate Degree.

The one-year fellowship includes applied research in entrepreneurship education and will improve NACCE’s educational offerings to members as well as developing community outreach programs for the community colleges.

Muller joined the college in 2008 and has been actively involved in developing an entrepreneurship program, including initiating a CVCC Shark Tank competition for students and staff. Other activities initiated under his oversight include development of an entrepreneurship degree, the CVCC Emerging Entrepreneurs Club, and the CVCC Entrepreneurship Speakers Series. He teaches business and entrepreneurship courses and oversees the college’s Small Business Center.  His efforts have resulted in a number of successful business startups by his students.

Muller earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration at Wake Forest University. He is an experienced entrepreneur, having developed a private consulting business in real estate and investments. He served as chief financial officer at three different companies.  

“The NACCE Fellows Program is an exciting new addition to our offerings that will benefit our members across the country by increasing their access to research and education that will help them support and grow entrepreneurship in their communities,” said NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “We are very happy to have four outstanding individuals join the NACCE team for 2013.”

The other 2013 NACCE Fellows in Curriculum and Training and Community Outreach are Christine Mollenkopf-Pigsley with Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn.; Amy Valente with Cayuga Community College in Auburn, N.Y.; and Timothy Putnam with North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa.

NACCE is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates for community-based entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. It is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership. For more information, visit


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