Grove City College elevates trustee to president's post

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Grove City College is about to get a new president.

Its board of trustees has named Paul J. McNulty, an alumnus and former U.S. deputy attorney general, as the school's president-elect, officials announced Friday.

Mr. McNulty, a trustee at the Mercer County college since 2004, will succeed Richard G. Jewell, who will retire from the presidency in August after 11 years.

Mr. McNulty, 56, is an attorney with a lengthy career in public service, the school said in announcing the appointment. Officials said the president-elect is a partner in the global law firm Baker & McKenzie, and while in government, he oversaw prosecution of terrorists following the Sept. 11 attacks and set guidelines to prosecute corporate fraud.

He also was a high-level congressional Republican staffer, and Grove City officials said he is a leading expert on business ethics, corporate governance and regulatory risk management.

"My goal is to build on a strong foundation of faith, stewardship and academic excellence by serving and leading an outstanding team of professionals and an extraordinary group of students," Mr. McNulty said in a statement released by the college. "Grove City College is in an ideal position to face the significant future challenges in higher education."

Mr. McNulty joined the Baker & McKenzie law firm in 2007 after more than 20 years in public service. He is known, among other things, for his role at the U.S. Justice Department, working from 2005 as the deputy attorney general, the next-to-highest-ranking official in the Justice Department.

He is a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. On Capitol Hill, he worked 11 years as a senior lawyer, serving as chief counsel and director of legislative operations for the majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives and chief counsel for the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime.

Mr. McNulty has a bachelor's degree in history from Grove City and a law degree from Capital University School of Law. His wife, Brenda, is a 1981 Grove City graduate. The couple have three daughters.

Mr. McNulty recused himself from the board's vote to hire him, Grove City spokesman Nicholas Hildebrand said.

Bill Schackner:, 412-263-1977 or on Twitter @BschacknerPG. First Published May 16, 2014 3:54 PM

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