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Muehler named to new endowed chair role at DWU

Dakota Wesleyan University announced a new endowed position Thursday during its opening Convocation ceremonies.

DWU named Todd Muehler, associate professor of business, the first Keith B. Miller Endowed Chair in Business.

The Keith B. Miller Endowed Chair in Business was established in memory of the late Keith Miller, a 1947 DWU graduate, by his daughter and son-in-law, the Rev. Vicki Miller Taggart and Mark L. Taggart, of St. Louis, Mo.

This chair position recognizes a faculty member who models Miller's spirit, characterized by fiscal prudence, integrity, ethical decision making and a commitment to supporting the success of business people across North and South Dakota.

Muehler, and those who subsequently hold the chair, will engage with undergraduate students in research projects and senior capstone experiences in order to nurture the character traits Miller possessed. This faculty chair will also be responsible for conducting the annual senior seminar course in which students complete capstone projects in business.

All full-time business faculty members are eligible to apply for this position. Muehler was nominated by Christine Mauszycki, business department chair and assistant professor of accounting and business administration.

Muehler joined DWU in 2017 and worked for 20 years in financial services, including 11 years in the trust business. He's worked in the banking and investment industry in the Mitchell area and was previously an assistant professor at Northern State University.

Miller grew up in Draper and worked in the banking industry in North and South Dakota until his retirement in 1987, when he moved to Pierre. He was honored for his charitable giving to DWU, previously served on the school's alumni board, and in 2008, was honored with the Outstanding Service to Alma Mater award.