North Central College - Naperville, IL

Howard Mueller

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1998

Rev. Howard Mueller, C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of Religious Studies received a bachelor of divinity degree from Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1961, a master of sacred theology degree from Yale University in 1962, and a doctorate of philosophy from Northwestern University in 1973. As an ordained minister, he served for three years as chaplain and instructor of religion at Albert Academy in Sierra Leone. Since joining the faculty of his alma mater in 1976, Mueller has received numerous awards for distinguished teaching. His classes—while very demanding—have been among the most sought-after by North Central students for nearly 30 years. In recognition of his many contributions, in 1996 North Central presented Mueller with the highest honor it confers on a member of its family: the Harold and Eva White First Citizen of the College Award. Most recently, Mueller was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.