The St. John’s University Board of Trustees has named Conrado M. Gempesaw, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as St. John’s 17th President. Dr. Gempesaw will succeed Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. as president effective July 1, 2014.
An accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator, Dr. Gempesaw comes to St. John’s with almost three decades of academic experience. At Miami University, he led the institution’s comprehensive strategic planning efforts and introduced new enrollment management strategies based on capacity planning that increased the school’s applicant pool and improved student diversity. Miami University is comprised of six colleges and more than 22,000 students and 1,000 faculty members. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Miami third nationally for exceptionally strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, 31st among national public universities, and 75th overall.
The selection follows an extensive national search overseen by a 13-member search committee representing a cross-section of St. John’s University constituencies, including faculty, students, administrators, alumni and trustees. The search committee was co-chaired by Peter P. D’Angelo, Chair of the St. John’s University Board of Trustees, and the Very Reverend Michael J. Carroll, C.M., Vice Chair. The search was led by R. William Funk & Associates, one of the nation’s leading higher education consulting firms.