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Mount Aloysius Names Dr. John Mills Interim Provost

Posted on: July 26, 2017

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Image of Dr. John Mills Cresson, Pa.—Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley announced that John W. Mills, Ph.D., former president of Paul Smith’s College, Paul Smiths N.Y., will serve as Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at Mount Aloysius for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Dr. John Mills was president at Paul Smith’s College from 2004 to 2014.  At Paul Smith’s, he also served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost.  Since 2015, Mills has served as program director of College for Every Student, a national non-profit organization that helps undeserved youth in urban and rural schools throughout the United States get to college and through to graduation.

Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley congratulated staff and faculty at the College who were involved in the search and vetting process for the important academic vice president/provost post.  “At the end of our search process,” said Foley, “there was near unanimous consensus that Doctor John Mills is the right choice for Mount Aloysius College at this time in our history.  John was a college president for 10 years and served as provost and academic vice president prior to that.  In addition,” Foley added, “his considerable academic achievements mark him as a scientist with an international reputation, a true intellectual, and a successful administrator whose career has been made remarkable by common sense, approachability, scientific curiosity, and hard work.”

Doctor Mills earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I.  He earned his doctorate in Biology from Brown University, Providence, R.I.  Mills’ academic career includes professorships and teaching positions at Clarkson University, Trudeau Institute, Dartmouth Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Temple University School of Medicine.

Internationally, Mills served as visiting professor at August Krogh Institute at the University of Copenhagen, and the University of Munich, (then) West Germany.

Mills has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Histology and Cytochemistry, and Molecular Physiology.  His work in the classroom and the community earned him the Clarkson University Student Association Outstanding Teacher Award, the College for Every Student Mario Pena Award, and the Adirondack Park Institute Adirondack Leadership Award.

Mills’ bibliography lists nearly 60 articles published worldwide in such prestigious peer-reviewed scientific publications as Science, The American Journal of Physiology, The Journal of Membrane Biology, Proceedings of the Royal Academy of London, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy, In Vitro, The Journal of Experimental Zoology, and others.     

The new Mount Aloysius Provost has written several book reviews, chapters and symposia volumes on diverse topics in biology.  He has presented nationally and internationally on a wide array of scientific issues including “The Challenge and Opportunity in Climate Change Mitigation” at the Low Carbon Earth Summit held in Xi’an Quijang, China.

While president of Paul Smith College, Mills authored a number of op-eds including “Make College a Reality for All,” published in the Albany Times Union.

Mount Aloysius College was recently named one of 100 Best Value College’s in the US.  They are also a College of Distinction, A Pennsylvania College of Distinction and three separate academic areas of Mount Aloysius—Business, Education and Nursing—have also earned College of Distinction status.  Mount Aloysius was named one of four colleges deemed “an engine of opportunity” in a White House Report.  Their Nursing Division is ranked sixth in Pennsylvania for NCLEX pass rates among nursing programs that test more than 85 students annually.

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