Former Wright State University president Paige E. Mulhollan, who established Wright State as a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, died June 30 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the age of 77. Earlier that month, Mulhollan attended the Rinzler Student Sports Complex dedication and learned that the varsity soccer field would be named Mullhollan Field in his honor.
During his presidency from 1985 to 1994, the College of Science and Engineering split to form the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Science and Mathematics; the Center for Teaching and Learning opened to assist faculty development in teaching; and Wright State athletics moved to NCAA Division I. In 1990, the university hosted the first national conference of metropolitan universities and launched the journal for member institutions.
The Wright State community will celebrate President Mullhollan’s life and contributions to the university at a memorial on campus October 5 at 1 p.m.