Business Leaders For Michigan: Invest More In State Universities, But Set Tough Goals

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Domino’s sells a lot of pizza to college students, but the company is having trouble hiring its former customers for high-tech jobs because there aren’t enough graduates in those fields, the company’s president told lawmakers.

Patrick Doyle, the pizza chain’s president and CEO, told the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that the state needs to do more to support Michigan’s 15 public universities.

Doyle was part of a group representing Business Leaders for Michigan testifying that the state needs a long-term investment in state universities to create a strong workforce – and colleges need to be held accountable and efficient to help keep tuition affordable.

“I recognize that many of you probably don’t see Domino’s Pizza as a high-tech, global company,” he testified.

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