VIENNA, W.Va. - Ohio Valley University welcomed a familiar face to its staff this summer with the hire of Dr. Larry Muller as an associate professor of business.
Muller spent a number of years working for Ohio Valley College as vice president for advancement (1993-1996) and dean of the school of business (2001-2006), before moving to New England to complete his dissertation at Nichols College and tend to his aging parents.
"It is wonderful to have Larry and his family back in this area and part of the OVU family," OVU College of Business Dean Dr. Joy Jones said. "He brings a wealth of real-world business experience and leadership that our students will be hard pressed to find elsewhere. We are thrilled to have him as part of the department."
Muller will begin teaching courses in economics, finance, management and marketing at OVU this fall. He will also serve as the program director for the business administration and management disciplines.
"My wife and I are originally from Long Island, New York. We raised our children, for the most part, in the Greater Philadelphia area while I served in the U.S. Navy years ago," explained Muller. "I went to work for Northeastern Christian Jr. College (NCJC), a sister school to OVU which eventually consolidated with OVU in 1994. We made the move to West Virginia and fell in love with the area. Life took us back home to New England though, for several years as we tended to our parents and pursued additional educational degrees. I'm very happy to return to OVU and Vienna!"
Prior to returning to this area Muller served as a professor of business and eventually the dean of graduate and professional studies at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. He has previously worked as a district manager for Charton Management, Inc., helping to oversee the Mid-Ohio Valley's Burger King Franchise, and for IBM as a field engineer and manager.
Muller earned his doctorate in business administration from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida; a master's in business administration from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.; and a bachelor's degree in management from Eastern University in St. Davis, Pennsylvania.
He has been married to Kathy Muller, dean of student success at OVU, for nearly 40 years. They have two adult children and seven grandchildren. The Mullers attend the Grand Central Church of Christ in Vienna, W.Va.