James H. Mullen, Jr. became the 21st president of Allegheny College on August 1, 2008. With 20 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.
In addition to his leadership roles in higher education, Dr. Mullen has been a sought-after lecturer in public policy, where his work focused on the American presidency, as well as history and political science.
“Jim Mullen’s personal and family values are very well aligned with the values and ideals of American higher education,” says Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, the nation’s top higher-education group, and president emerita of the University of North Carolina. “His experience and his dedication to the service and scholarship of faculty and students will serve Allegheny College very well for years to come.”
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.”