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Father Kevin Mullen To Resign As Siena President
- Updated: June 4, 2014
Siena College President Father Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., Ph.D. is stepping down from his position to serve as provincal minister of Holy Name Province, the largest Franciscan community in the U.S.. Mullen has served as president since 2007 when he was named the 10th to serve as head of the college. While serving as president, Mullen, a Siena alum and former basketball player, was an avid Saints fan. His leadership and presence on the sidelines will be greatly missed.
Here is a copy of the release from Siena College:
In a vote conducted today by the friars of Holy Name Province during their triennial provincial chapter, Siena College President Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D. was elected to a six-year term as provincial minister. Mullen will resign as Siena College president to serve in this prestigious position of leadership within the largest Franciscan community in the United States.
As provincial minister, Mullen will oversee the long-range planning and day-to-day operations of Holy Name Province and its nearly 300 friars who serve in communities on the east coast from Maine to Florida and abroad in Asia and South America. He will also represent Holy Name Province to the wider Franciscan Order and to the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Mullen will work from the Province’s headquarters in New York City. As the provincial minister of Holy Name Province, Mullen will become a member of the Siena College board of trustees.
“Being elected provincial minister by my brothers in the Franciscan Order is a tremendous honor. I look forward to serving them well as I lead Holy Name Province the best way I know how – with compassion and through collaboration – as we continue to serve communities and individuals in need of God’s healing grace,” said Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D. “Nevertheless, this moment is bittersweet. My new opportunity means that I have to leave Siena College, a place that I love. I have enjoyed serving as Siena’s president and I am proud of the successes that this community has shared, including the development of a new strategic plan, the expansion and improvement of campus facilities and academic offerings and the launch of a comprehensive campaign that will ensure that Siena College provides the education of a lifetime for years to come.”
Mullen is Siena College’s tenth president. He was chosen by the College’s board of trustees in 2007. Mullen holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena, a master’s of divinity from the Washington Theological Union and a doctorate in moral theology from the Catholic University of America.
It is the role of Siena’s board of trustees to choose the College’s president and while it will follow a process to select Mullen’s long-term successor, Foote announced that Siena trustee and St. Bonaventure University vice president for Franciscan mission, Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D., will become Siena’s interim president.
“I am honored to serve as interim president of Siena College,” said Coughlin. “As a trustee of the College and friar of Holy Name Province, I felt called to take on the responsibility of advancing the College’s mission to foster academic excellence in a liberal arts framework and spiritual growth in a Catholic and Franciscan community. I look forward to working with Siena’s faculty, staff and administration to build on the success of the College’s strategic plan and continue the good work being done to serve our students.”
Coughlin (pronounced COG-lin), a 66 year-old Buffalo, N.Y. native, has had a distinguished career in Catholic higher education both as a professor and senior administrator. Author of more than 20 articles and book reviews, Coughlin holds a doctorate from the Catholic University of America, a master’s from Boston College and a bachelor’s from St. Bonaventure University. Coughlin will take office as Siena College president on August 4.