Felician University announced Wednesday afternoon that President James Crawford, III, is leaving the office of president, effective immediately. No reason was given for his departure.
The school’s board of trustees has appointed Mildred Mihlon, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, to the position of acting president.
Mihlon came to Felician in the fall of 2020, after having served as associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City.
In that role, she was responsible for program level assessment, retention and graduation efforts, community, high school and industry partnerships, the centers for academic success, career engagement, study abroad and global learning and instructional design, as well as the School for Professional and Continuing Studies.
During her tenure, Mihlon was instrumental in the launch of two doctoral, three new master programs, the first fully online degree program as well as securing several private and historic federal grants.
Felician Board Chair Jim D’Agostino welcomed Mihlon to the role.
“I am grateful to Dr. Mihlon for stepping up at this critical time, and I look forward to working closely with her to ensure a smooth transition,” he said. “We remain strongly focused on our top priorities advancing the mission of Felician University for our students and the communities we serve, and continued preparation for the coming academic year.”
Since his appointment in June 2021, Crawford has made numerous contributions to Felician including overseeing the completion of the Wellness and Recreation Center and Montross Avenue parking lot projects, and the creation of the STEM Center in Kirby Hall on the Lodi campus. His commitment to the university and educational innovation has distinguished his service.
D’Agostino thanked Crawford for his time at the school.
Crawford was the subject of a full-length Question & Answer profile in ROI-NJ’s Interview Issue last December.