John W. Mills became the ninth president of Paul Smith's College on Jan. 1, 2004. He officially retired on June 30, 2014, but will continue to serve as interim president until his successor, Cathy S. Dove, takes over on Sept. 1. Before being appointed president, Mills served as Paul Smith's provost and vice president for academic affairs. He is the second-longest-serving president of Paul Smith's College.
Mills holds a doctorate in biology from Brown University.