McNeese State University President Dr. Philip C. Williams, right, presented Michael R. Fuljenz with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during McNeese’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 12, at Burton Coliseum.
(December 12, 2015) McNeese State University conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Michael R. Fuljenz, a successful businessman, civic leader and supporter of McNeese, during the 145th commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 12, at Burton Coliseum.
“This is the highest honor that the university can bestow upon an individual,” said Dr. Philip C. Williams, McNeese president. “Mike Fuljenz has contributed time and resources to numerous McNeese student activities, including key contributions to academic, athletic and cultural organizations, and is deserving of this honor for his outstanding contributions to both McNeese State University and his community.”
Fuljenz’s financial support in response to various recognized needs now places him among the top 10 all-time donors at McNeese. He was inducted into the McNeese Athletic Hall of Honor in 2009.
Fuljenz is president of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas, and a nationally recognized gold and numismatic (rare coins) expert. He attended McNeese from 1972-75 on scholarships awarded by the State Board of Education, Southwest Louisiana American Chemical Society and McNeese Band. At McNeese, he was a chemistry/biology major and played in the marching and concert bands.
He has also served on the faculty and as principal of the summer Governor’s Program for Gifted Children, which is housed at McNeese.
Fuljenz has received numerous awards from the Numismatic Literary Guild - a respected nonprofit organization composed of authors, editors and publishers who cover rare coins, paper money and precious metals - including the prestigious Clemy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a recipient of the Medal of Merit from the American Numismatic Association.
His articles on consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals have appeared in such national publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes and Kiplinger and he has been interviewed by CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg TV. He has also been a consultant for the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Mint and Royal Canadian Mint.
Fuljenz has served as an outstanding civic leader in his community. He has served as president of the Beaumont Catholic Diocesan School Board and the local youth basketball association. He has received the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Award, the St. Thomas Aquinas Top Award for Outstanding Support of Catholic Schools, his local police department’s Top Corporate Supporter Award and the Golden Ring of Freedom from the National Rifle Association. He has also supported Meals on Wheels for over 15 years and has coached 25 youth soccer, baseball and basketball teams.