Mullen High School, Denver, Colorado has announced the appointment of Raul Cardenas, Jr., PhD, as the new President and CEO of Mullen High School, effective June 1, 2019. The announcement was made on March 6 by the Mullen Board of Trustees.
Dr. Cardenas most recently served as a Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior experience in his near-30 year secondary and collegiate educational leadership career includes founder and principal of two charter schools for disadvantaged students in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as tenures at Arizona State University, Tempe; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.
Dr. Cardenas holds a Doctorate in Philosophy, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University; a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff; and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
In its announcement, the Board of Trustees stated, “We were beyond impressed with Dr. Cardenas’ relentless and lifelong passion to serving young scholars, especially those in need consistent with our Lasallian mission. We’re confident in his unique ability to further the Catholic identity of Mullen and the Lasallian charism and his ability to articulate Mullen’s mission and educational philosophy to inspire and motivate all constituencies.”
Brother Donald Johanson, FSC, Visitor of the San Francisco New Orleans District (SFNO), offered his thanks and congratulations, writing, “On behalf of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, I express my gratitude to Mr. Raul Cardenas for accepting the Trustees’ invitation to lead Mullen High School as its next President. I am grateful to the Trustees for their thorough presidential search process, and I express confidence in Mr. Cardenas’ commitment to our Lasallian Catholic educational mission. May he serve the Mullen community well in the years ahead in our shared efforts to animate our Lasallian core principles of Faith in the Presence of God, Respect for All Persons, Inclusive Community, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, and Quality Education.”