October 9, 2012
Houghton President Shirley Mullen Named One of Christianity Today’s Top 50 Women You Should Know
Houghton College President Shirley A. Mullen has been named one of Christianity Today’s “50 Women You Should Know” for her outstanding role in shaping the evangelical church culture. President Mullen receives this honor along with General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church Jo Anne Lyon, and well-known names Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, Condoleezza Rice and Sarah Palin.
The “50 Women You Should Know” article appeared as the cover story of CT’s October 2012 issue. Author Sarah Pulliam Bailey writes that these women are “profoundly shaping the evangelical church and North American society.”
In addition to President Mullen’s photograph appearing on the cover of CT, she was one of 16 women highlighted with an additional photograph and a longer article. Mark Noll, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame wrote the article about President Mullen. The full text of the article is included below:
Shirley Mullen was first a force among Christian historians and then a much-admired administrator at Westmont College before becoming president of Houghton College in 2006. In evangelical higher education, she is distinctive for the depth of her academic preparation, the insight of her institutional leadership, and the breadth of her Christian concerns.
The Nova Scotia native wrote a doctoral dissertation at the University of Minnesota on unbelief in the English Victorian era and a second doctoral dissertation on the philosophy of David Hume at the University of Wales. She has also been a promoter of Christian approaches to history, her contributions marked by the balanced seriousness that characterizes all of her work.
Under Mullen’s leadership, Houghton has strengthened natural sciences studies and begun social outreach programs. She has rebuilt Houghton’s relationship with Sierra Leone, created a partnership with AmeriCorps, has had Houghton’s renowned Christmas celebration put on in Rochester and Buffalo.
Mullen has not sought the limelight, but by excelling as a scholar, administrator, and actively concerned Christian, she offers a permanent effect for good in evangelical and academic communities.