Allegheny College has named James H. Mullen Jr., now president of Elms College in Massachusetts, its 21st president, effective Aug. 1.
Dr. Mullen, whose appointment was announced yesterday, was unanimously elected by the trustees. He succeeds Richard J. Cook, who is retiring after 12 years in the presidency.
Dr. Mullen has held leadership roles in higher education for 20 years.
"We are fortunate to have found a new president who has not only broad experience in higher education but a proven track record in leadership roles," said Chris Nelson, chair of the board of trustees. "As president of Elms College, as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville and as senior vice president of Trinity College, Dr. Mullen has earned accolades. His is a remarkable record of leadership and service."
Dr. Mullen said, "Allegheny is a premier institution that is poised for national pre-eminence. It will be a great honor to be part of shaping the next chapter in its remarkable history."
Dr. Mullen, 49, earned a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., a master's of public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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