Charles Muller, who has spent three decades specializing in the areas of finance, transportation, food service, planning and budgeting, including 20 years as a school business administrator, recently joined the New Jersey School Boards Association as its first business administrator in residence.
Muller will report directly to the Association’s executive director and CEO, Dr. Timothy Purnell, and offer consultation, professional learning and support to board members related to district business affairs.
The Association created the new position to offer an even higher level of support to boards of education that are struggling with funding cuts, navigating high interest rates and dealing with all the challenges that coincide with advancing the education of students. “Our business administrator in residence will play a key role in counseling local board members who want a better understanding of how their districts run – and who often need some hard questions answered,” said Purnell, who noted that he worked alongside Muller at the NJDOE. “We are so pleased to have Mr. Muller on board, as he can draw on his decades of experience as a school business administrator to deliver maximum value to our members.”
Most recently, Muller served as the acting executive county superintendent and executive county business official for the New Jersey Department of Education Ocean County office. Prior to that, he served as the business administrator for the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District from 2010 to 2014 and for Upper Township School District from 1997 to 2004.
Earlier in his career, he served as the school business administrator for Mainland Regional High School in Linwood and Absecon Public Schools. He was also an adjunct instructor at Stockton University for 25 years, teaching budgeting/planning and school business.
Muller earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Husson University and a master’s degree in business administration from Monmouth University. He received his certification as a school business administrator from Glassboro College.