Saint John’s University

Office of the President

Dr. James Mullen Jr.

Transitional President, Saint John’s University

Dr. James Mullen Jr. began his appointment as transitional president of Saint John’s University on June 1, 2021.

Recent positions in Mullen’s extensive and distinguished career in higher education include president of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania (2008-19), president in residence at Harvard Graduate School of Education (2019), past chair of the board of the American Council on Education and current chair of the board of Project Pericles.

Mullen also served as president of the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Massachusetts (2005-08), chancellor of UNC-Asheville (1999-2005) and vice president of Trinity College in Connecticut (1995-1999).

Mullen earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, his master’s in public policy from Harvard University and his bachelor’s in history magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

He is married to Mari Mullen. They have two children, Mary Frances (Franki), 26, and James, 24.

About Saint John’s University

Saint John’s University students achieve excellent outcomes. Four-year completion rates at SJU significantly exceed averages for private and public colleges regionally and nationally. Fully 97 percent of graduates report that within a year of earning their degree, they are either employed, pursuing a graduate degree or in a full-time volunteer position. In 2019 and 2020, SJU and its partner in academic excellence, the College of Saint Benedict, were named the best colleges for employment placement in Minnesota by Zippia, a career website. In 2019, SJU was ranked first for return on investment in Minnesota among private four-year colleges by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. SJU and CSB are ranked among the top baccalaureate institutions nationally in the number of students who study abroad.