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May 28, 2014

McNulty chosen as GCC president

GROVE CITY — The Grove City College Board of Trustees named former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty as the college’s ninth president on Friday, May 16.

He will succeed Richard G. Jewell ’67, who is retiring in August after 11 years as president of the nationally-ranked private liberal arts college.

McNulty, a 1980 graduate of the college, was the No. 2 man at the Justice Department from 2005 to 2007 and spent two decades in public service before joining the global law firm Baker & McKenzie, where he heads up the firm’s Global Corporate Compliance Steering Committee and the North America Compliance and Investigations Practice Group.

During his career McNulty oversaw the prosecution of terrorists in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, set policy for prosecuting corporate fraud and was a top Congressional Republican staffer. He is considered 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,” McNulty said. “Grove City College is in an ideal position to face the significant future challenges in higher education. Together, by God’s grace, we will be a clearer voice in the world, and our graduates will continue to be transformational leaders as they faithfully pursue their callings to integrate their faith into every aspect of their lives.”

The selection marks the successful conclusion of a nearly eight-month long search process. A committee of faculty, administration and trustees, aided by executive search firm CarterBaldwin of Atlanta, Ga., considered nearly 80 qualified applicants for the job.

Search committee members cited McNulty’s experience as a leader and manager, his vision for the college, understanding of its academic mission and his faith.

“Paul has the vision and leadership to see that this treasure we call Grove City College is a strong and respected voice for individual liberty, free market principles and faith in Christ. Paul is incredibly accomplished … yet he is humble, eager to listen, learn and serve.

His leadership will be both refreshing and inspiring,” Trustee Dawn (Jurewicz ’90) Owens said.

David Rathburn ’79, chair of the Board of Trustees and the search committee, said McNulty has been a leader everywhere he has served, including as vice president of the Student Government Association on campus more than 30 years ago.

“Since he left, he has managed complex organizations and done it well, without ever losing focus on the foundational principles that he solidified here at Grove City,” Rathburn said.

McNulty will be the fourth alumnus to serve as president of the college, where he studied history and met his wife Brenda (Millican ’81). The McNultys have three daughters, Katy (McNulty ’07) Hittinger, Anni and Corrie ’14, who is graduating from GCC today. Their son Joseph died of in 2012 at the age of 26 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Phil Suse, North American Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie, said McNulty will be missed. “Paul’s transformative leadership and tireless efforts over the past seven years at Baker & McKenzie have resulted in the development of a premier compliance and investigations practice,” he said.

McNulty joined the firm in 2007 after more than two decades in public service.

He is most widely known for his leadership at the U.S. Department of Justice, where as Deputy Attorney General he served as chief operating officer of its more than 100,000 employees, chaired President George W. Bush’s Corporate Fraud Task Force, successfully argued a police conduct case before the U.S. Supreme Court, organized the U.S. rule of law efforts in Iraq and authored the so-called “McNulty Memo,” which serves as a milestone statement on the federal prosecution of business organizations.

In 2001, McNulty was confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, the chief law enforcement authority in one of the country’s most important federal districts, three days after the Sept. 11 attacks and his office was subsequently entrusted with many of the highest profile terrorist prosecutions. He held other positions at the Department of Justice and received the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the department’s highest honor.

McNulty’s career also includes 11 years as a senior lawyer on Capitol Hill where he served as the 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. He began his legal career in 1983 as counsel for the House Ethics Committee.

McNulty has served on the Grove City College Board of Trustees since 2004. He received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater in 2007 and the Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement Award in 1998.

He also was awarded an honorary LLD in 2003 from Capital University School of Law where he received his juris doctorate degree in 1983.

Published May 17, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

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