Paul J. McNulty ’80 is Grove City College’s ninth President. He brings a wealth of public and private sector experience to the presidential suite.
President McNulty is a former U.S. Deputy Attorney General and partner in the global law firm Baker & McKenzie. He oversaw the prosecution of terrorists in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, set policy for prosecuting corporate fraud and is considered a leading expert on business ethics, corporate governance and regulatory risk management.
McNulty is the fourth alumnus to serve as President of the College, where he studied history and met his wife Brenda (Millican ’80).
At Baker & McKenzie, McNulty chaired the firm’s Global Corporate Compliance Steering Committee and the North America Compliance and Investigations Practice Group. He was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top 50 “Trailblazers and Pioneers in Corporate Governance and Compliance.”
He 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 he served from 2005 as the Deputy Attorney General, the second highest-ranking official in the Justice department and the chief operating officer of its more than 100,000 employees. In that role, he 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.
McNulty was confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia three days after the Sept. 11 attacks and, as the chief law enforcement authority in one of the country’s most important federal districts, was subsequently entrusted with many high-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.
McNulty served on the Grove City College Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2014. 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. He began his legal career in 1983 as counsel for the House Ethics Committee.
The McNultys have three daughters, Katy (McNulty ’07) Hittinger, Anni Blankenship and Corrie McNulty ’14. Their son, Joseph, died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 26 while attending law school.