Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. Elected Board Chair of American Council on Education
March 10, 2014 — James H. Mullen Jr., president of Allegheny College, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for the country’s colleges and universities.
“I am deeply honored by my election as chair of the American Council on Education. Under Molly Broad’s leadership, the Council is providing the voice that unifies all sectors of higher education on the critical public policy issues of our time,” said Mullen. “That I will serve as chair during Allegheny College’s bicentennial year makes this honor even more meaningful for me and for Allegheny.”
James H. Mullen, Jr. became the 21st president of Allegheny College on August 1, 2008. With more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles in higher education, and a keen appreciation for Allegheny’s history and traditions, he is continuing the work of earlier presidents in building community while at the same time enhancing the College’s reputation as one of the nation’s preeminent colleges of the liberal arts and sciences.
One of his key initiatives at Allegheny College has been the establishment of the Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life, which was created in 2011 to annually recognize two political figures, one liberal and one conservative, who argue passionately but with civility for their beliefs.
Dr. Mullen is currently the vice chair of the board and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Council on Education, the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association, with a base of more than 1,800 member institutions. In March 2014 he will become chair of the ACE.
In addition, he serves on the Presidents’ Advisory Council of the Bonner Foundation and the Council of Independent Colleges; on the Presidents’ Council of the Council of Independent Colleges and the North Coast Athletic Conference; on the Presidents’ Council and Executive Committee of Project Pericles; on the Tax Policy Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; on the Executive Committee of the Great Lakes Colleges Association; and on the boards of the American Colleges and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, and the Annapolis Group.
He also serves on boards for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the ARC, and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh. A member of the board for the Meadville Medical Center, he serves on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Joint Professional Affairs Committee, and the Nominating Committee.
In addition to his leadership roles in higher education, Dr. Mullen has been a sought-after lecturer in public policy, where his work focuses on the American presidency, as well as history and political science.
Dr. Mullen is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds a master of public policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
He and his wife, Mari Elizabeth, have two children, Franki and James.
From Dr. Mullen’s remarks at Inauguration, October 17, 2008:
“This is a place that knows who and what it is, a place that seeks excellence without elitism, a place that expands horizons and takes students further faster than they ever thought possible, a place that is confident without arrogance, a place that always seeks to be better and stronger and more attuned to the needs of its world, a place where rigor and excellence in the classroom constitute more than rhetoric, they represent our core values — values built and sustained by generations of teachers and scholars.”