Shirley Mullen

Shirley A. Mullen is a Canadian academic administrator served as the fifth president of Houghton College.[1] She was named president emerita prior to her resignation in April 2021.[2] Prior to becoming president, Mullen was provost at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where she was awarded faculty/staff membership in Omicron Delta Kappa.

Shirley A. Mullen
5th President of Houghton College
Assumed office
June 1, 2006
Preceded byDaniel R. Chamberlain
Personal details
Nova Scotia, Canada
Alma materHoughton College (B.A.)
University of Toronto (M.A.)
University of Minnesota (Ph.D)
University of Wales (Ph.D)

During her time as president, she elected to sell Houghton College's satellite campus located in West Seneca, New York to shift more focus to the Buffalo area.[3]


Mullen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Houghton College in 1976,[4] followed by a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto.[5] Mullen then earned two doctorates, one in history from the University of Minnesota and the other in philosophy from the University of Wales.[6]


  • Dissertation, Organized freethought: the religion of unbelief in Victorian England
  • Between "Romance" and "True History": Historical Narrative and Truth Telling in a Postmodern Age[7]
  • Faith, Learning, and the Teaching of History[8]


  1. ^ Rey, Jay (May 20, 2006). "Houghton College names alumna as president; 1st woman to hold post". Buffalo News. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Dr. Shirley A. Mullen Named President Emerita". Houghton College. 2021-05-11. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  3. ^ Epstein, Jonathan D. (June 11, 2009). "Houghton College to sell campus". Buffalo News. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  4. ^ McNeil, Harold (October 6, 2007). "First woman president installed". Buffalo News.
  5. ^ McNeil, Harold (October 6, 2007). "First woman president installed". Buffalo News.
  6. ^ McNeil, Harold (October 6, 2007). "First woman president installed". Buffalo News.
  7. ^ Wells, Ronald (1998). History and the Christian historian. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans. p. 248. ISBN 0-8028-4536-3. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  8. ^ Migliazzo, Aarlin C. (2002). Teaching as an act of faith: theory and practice in church-related higher education. New York: Fordham University Press. p. 377. ISBN 0-8232-2220-9. Retrieved December 21, 2010.

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Academic offices
Preceded by President of Houghton College
2006 – 2021
Succeeded by