California State University, Fullerton

Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

Why does Mihaylo College occupy such a prominent place in the portfolios of Orange County philanthropists?

“I’m convinced that the business leaders of tomorrow are coming from this business school—especially in areas like entrepreneur-driven technology,” says Paul Folino, executive chairman of Emulex, one of the business school’s most generous donors. “These students have a solid education combined with real-world exposure, and that balance is priceless—it’s what any business is looking to hire. Every graduate we can get on board today is an advantage for my company.”

James Woods ’67 was part of Fullerton’s first graduating class, gained distinction as an alumnus, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board and on the campaign cabinet for the College of Business and Economics, committed to helping bring brilliant ideas to fruition at the business school.

“My business degree from the College provided the foundation for the success I’ve had,” says Woods, retired CEO of Baker Hughes, the world’s third-largest oilfield services company. “So I’m confident that Mihaylo College is the place for my investments. I can help the faculty and students achieve greater success in their endeavors, whatever they may be.”

Rick Muth is a fellow supporter of the College, a founding member of the Family Business Council Center of Excellence, and a winner of numerous awards for his philanthropy and involvement with family-owned businesses in Orange County. He contributed to the construction of Mihaylo Hall and recently endowed the Rick Muth Family Chair in Family Business.

“Creating the first endowed chair at the College is significant. I’m glad to be part of something so positive,” says Rick, the president of ORCO Block Co., a manufacturing business run by the Muth family for over 60 years. “Family business has been the bedrock of our nation’s growth. This is an opportunity to help give something important the prominence it deserves.”

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