ACU stalwart James Muns to receive top alumnus award for
For Immediate Release
Feb. 15, 2000
Former Plano mayor and successful business executive
James Muns (ACU class of 1953) will receive ACU's 1999
Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award at a special noon
luncheon in his honor Sunday, Feb. 20, in ACU's Teague
Special Events Center. ACU's Alumni Association will
present the award.
Muns has been president the past decade of his own
investment company, but is probably known best for a 35-year
career with Wyatt Food Stores-Wyatt Cafeteria Inc.
He retired as CEO of Wyatt Cafeterias in 1989 when the
company had 122 units in nine states.
"James Muns' success as a businessman is only one aspect
of why he deserves this honor," said ACU president Dr. Royce
Money. "He is the epitome of a Christian servant. Whether
it is serving in public office in his community, or in his
church, or serving his alma mater, James is known for his
capable and mature leadership."
After graduating from ACU, Muns went to work for Wyatt
Food Stores and later transferred to the cafeteria division.
He worked his way through personnel and operations to
eventually be named president and CEO in 1978.
A spirit of determination and leadership has marked Muns'
career since his college days. As a tight end from
Sweetwater who played four seasons for the Wildcat football
team, Muns was branded with determination when the Abilene
Reporter-News interviewed him prior to the last game of his
final season, quoting him as saying "[We've] just
got to win!"
Muns said, "At that point in time, football was a great
deal of my life. The athletic portion of my stay at Abilene
Christian is the portion that I look upon as most
But, he said, "I'm not sure while I was there I was
cognizant of what was going on. It wasn't until later,
maybe much later, that I really became aware of the
relationships and education I had received. It formed my
Muns has been a longtime Plano City Council member, and
he has been very active with the Pitman Creek Church of
Christ in Plano.
He met his wife, Betty (Bell) while at ACU. They have
four children - all ACU graduates - Katharine Spencer, Marla
Bandiera, Dr. James Gregory Muns and John B. Muns, and 12
"James and Betty Muns are a great team, and they have
become Christian role models for many of us," Money said.
Muns has served on ACU's Board of Development for 17
years and was chairman of the university's National
Development Council before joining the Board of Trustees in
He serves as co-chair for ACU's "To Lead and To Serve"
"The positive influence created by James and Betty is
felt far and near," Money said. "Their commitments and
priorities are obvious."
About the honor, Muns said, "I'm deeply gratified the
Alumni Association chose to give me this award, but I
personally can look at 100 other people I would judge more
worthy than I am. I prefer to be somewhat behind the
scenes, but this is a much appreciated honor from the Alumni
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