Newman University officials have announced that Michael L. Mullins has joined the university’s Board of Trustees, effective Jan. 1.
Mullins is CEO and Kansas Ministry market leader for Via Christi Health, a member of Ascension. Mullins also serves as a senior vice president for Ascension Healthcare and has served in a variety of healthcare senior management positions over the past three decades.
“We are very pleased that Mike is joining the Newman Board,” said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. “With his background in healthcare management, I’m sure he will provide an important perspective on our pre-med, nursing and allied health education programs, and valuable expertise in leadership and operations. And, as Catholic entities, the partnership we share with Via Christi Health is especially important to us.”
Before joining Via Christi in July 2016, Mullins served as system vice president and COO of St. Vincent-Indiana. St. Vincent, also a member of Ascension, is comprised of 20 hospitals, 15,500 employees and over 1,000 employed providers. Prior to his service with St. Vincent – Indiana, Mullins served as regional vice president of Quorum Health Resources, where he provided leadership and operations support for 12 hospitals and strategic business arrangements in Colorado.
Over the past 20 years, Mullins served in numerous leadership positions with Quorum and associated health systems. He was previously vice president of operations for Quorum, and chief executive officer for Quorum, Community Health Systems and Triad Hospitals. He also led Gateway Health System in Clarksville, Tenn., Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Ind., UnimedMedical Center – St. Joseph’s Hospital in Minot, N.D., and Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada, Missouri.
Mullins earned a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mullins was a captain in the Medical Service Corps, United States Naval Reserves, and served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He was also commanding officer of a large Commissioned Reserve Medical Unit for the Navy prior to his recent retirement. His community involvement includes serving on the Greater Wichita Partnership Executive Committee, and the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education – University of Kansas School of Medicine.
He and his wife Meliss reside in Wichita. They have two children, Nicholas and Austin.