Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. has been named to the board of directors of Project Pericles, a national not-for-profit organization funded by the Eugene M. Lang Foundation that is committed to instilling in students a sense of social responsibility and civic concern.
Project Pericles is a consortium of more than 30 colleges and universities that promotes civic engagement within higher education and is based in New York City. Allegheny is one of the original 10 schools on which Project Pericles was founded in 2000.
Building on the innovative vision of the late Eugene M. Lang, Project Pericles works in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. The national office of Project Pericles collaborates with Periclean colleges and universities to encourage faculty to incorporate civic engagement and social responsibility into the curriculum, and to empower students as effective advocates and leaders. Its research projects and publications foster greater awareness within higher education about the value and importance of civic engagement.
“I look forward to expanding my relationship with Project Pericles,” said Mullen, who also serves on the organization’s Presidents’ Council. “Seeing the important community work that students accomplish through the auspices of Project Pericles makes me proud that Allegheny is a founding and integral member of this consortium.”
Mullen is the 21st president of Allegheny College, taking office on Aug. 1, 2008. During his tenure, he has guided the college through its bicentennial, publicly launched the largest comprehensive fund-raising campaign in the college’s history, and established the Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life, among other accomplishments.
A sought-after lecturer in public policy and civility in public discourse, Mullen also has served as chair of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association, and continues to serve ACE as a representative of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Mullen also serves as chair of the board of directors of the Great Lakes College Association, as vice president of the North Coast Athletic Conference, and on boards for the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Meadville Medical Center.