Paul J. McNulty ’80 is Grove City College’s ninth
President. His new calling follows a long and distinguished career as an
attorney in public service and private practice, and valuable
experience in higher education.
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 internal investigations.
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 led the firm’s global corporate compliance and investigations
practice. He has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top 50 “Trailblazers and Pioneers in Corporate Governance and Compliance,” selected as the sole recipient of Ethisphere
magazine’s “Hall of Fame” designation in its 2014 “Attorneys Who
Matter” rankings, and listed as one of “2014’s Most Influential People
in Business Ethics.”
He is widely known for his leadership at the
U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as the Deputy Attorney
General, the second highest-ranking official in the Justice Department
and the chief operating officer leading more than 100,000 employees. 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 served as a milestone statement on the
federal prosecution of business organizations.
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.
career includes 11 years as a senior lawyer on Capitol Hill where he
served as Counsel for the House Ethics Committee, the Chief Counsel and
Director of Legislative Operations for the Majority Leader of the 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, chairing the
Enrollment and Student Affairs Committee for six years. Following his
Commencement Address in 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from his
alma mater and the Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement Award in
1998. He also served the College as an adjunct instructor in the
Political Science Department from 1994 to 2001. He was awarded an
honorary LLD in 2003 from Capital University School of Law where he
received his juris doctorate in 1983. He also served as a Presbyterian
elder for 28 years and as a youth basketball coach. He sits on the Board
of Directors of the Ethics Resource Center.
The McNultys have
three daughters and two sons-in-law, Katy McNulty ’07 and Jonathan
Hittinger, Anni and Hub Blankenship, and Corrie McNulty ’14. Their son,
Joseph, died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 26 while attending law
school. The McNultys' first grandchild, Henry Tilghman Hittinger, was born over Inauguration Weekend.