UNITY — An internationally recognized scientist has been named the next president of Unity College. Chairman of the board of trustees Tim Glidden announced recently that Dr. Stephen Mulkey, director of the environmental science program at the University of Idaho, will assume duties as president in July.
Mulkey will lead a college that has achieved a number of transformative milestones over the past five years under the leadership of outgoing President Mitchell Thomashow.
Mulkey’s scientific research spans more than three decades and has included research in ecosystems around the globe. He has pursued research on the functional ecology of forests in the eastern Amazon rainforest, tropical forest canopies in wet and dry forests of Central Panama, and tropical alpine rosette species in East Africa.
“There is a close-knit community at Unity College that is dedicated, hands-on, collaborative and supportive,” Mulkey said. “From the moment I arrived on campus, I felt a warm, open atmosphere and a connection with community. There is a boundless enthusiasm and sense of possibility linking all of those dedicated to this endeavor together. It will be a pleasure to serve this community and grow with it.”