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Siena College announcing its president, Father Kevin Mullen is resigning so he can serve as provincial minister of Holy Name Province. 

In a statement Father Mullen says being elected provincial minister is a tremendous honor but the moment is bittersweet because it means he has to leave Siena College.

Here is the full statement from Siena College:

Siena President Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D. Elected to Lead Holy Name Province, Will Resign as Siena President

In a vote conducted today by the friars of Holy Name Province during their triennial provincial chapter, Siena College President Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D. was elected to a six-year term as provincial minister. Mullen will resign as Siena College president to serve in this prestigious position of leadership within the largest Franciscan community in the United States.

As provincial minister, Mullen will oversee the long-range planning and day-to-day operations of Holy Name Province and its nearly 300 friars who serve in communities on the east coast from Maine to Florida and abroad in Asia and South America. He will also represent Holy Name Province to the wider Franciscan Order and to the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Mullen will work from the Province’s headquarters in New York City. As the provincial minister of Holy Name Province, Mullen will become a member of the Siena College board of trustees.

“Being elected provincial minister by my brothers in the Franciscan Order is a tremendous honor. I look forward to serving them well as I lead Holy Name Province the best way I know how – with compassion and through collaboration – as we continue to serve communities and individuals in need of God’s healing grace,” said Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D. “Nevertheless, this moment is bittersweet. My new opportunity means that I have to leave Siena College, a place that I love. I have enjoyed serving as Siena’s president and I am proud of the successes that this community has shared, including the development of a new strategic plan, the expansion and improvement of campus facilities and academic offerings and the launch of a comprehensive campaign that will ensure that Siena College provides the education of a lifetime for years to come.”

Mullen is Siena College’s tenth president. He was chosen by the College’s board of trustees in 2007. Mullen holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena, a master’s of divinity from the Washington Theological Union and a doctorate in moral theology from the Catholic University of America.