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St. John’s Dedicates New Manhattan Campus

(Front row, left to right) Peggy Murrain, Ed.D., trustee emerita; Victoria L. Shoaf, Ph.D., dean, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business; Mangione; Hirst; Brandon W. Sweitzer, dean, School of Risk Management; Dr. Gempesaw; Teresa Mason, Esq., secretary, Board of Trustees; Rev. Msgr. Otto L. Garcia, Board of Trustees; Lewis Rice, Jr., Board of Trustees; Suzanne Halpin, Board of Trustees
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

St. John’s administrators and faculty joined representatives of academic and business organizations in lower Manhattan on October 9 to dedicate the University’s new campus in the East Village.

The campus, which opened for the 2014 fall semester, occupies 71,000 square feet on the first three floors of a new 12-story, 400,000-square-foot office building at 101 Astor Place. It is situated along Manhattan’s technology corridor with IBM Watson as a new next-door neighbor and near a number of cultural and educational institutions, including The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NYU, and The New School.

“We at St. John’s are proud to be a member of the academic and business community that thrives in this neighborhood,” said Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., president of St. John's. “With this new learning environment, we support St. John’s commitment to provide the best educational opportunity to our students and faculty.”

Rev. Patrick Flanagan, C.M., Ph.D., assistant professor of theology and religious studies, blessed the new campus. University officials then participated in a ribbon-cutting at the main entrance. After the ceremony, guests were invited to a reception and guided tours of the facility.

Martha K. Hirst, executive vice president, chief operating officer, and treasurer, who led the team that secured and built out the new campus, said St. John’s students will benefit from the proximity of other academic institutions. “This is an area that is already rich in academic history and presence,” she noted. “It is home to a large number of college students and the scholars who teach them…and places us in the heart of one of New York City’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”

In his remarks, Robert Mangione, Ed.D., R.Ph., provost, commented on the design of the new building. “As you enter, one cannot help but be struck by its beauty,” he said. “Equally impressive is the University history that is told on its walls.” 

St. John’s leased the site last January, after selling its former Manhattan campus at 101 Murray Street in Tribeca. The new location houses St. John’s School of Risk Management, a key division of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business; The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library, which comprises the world’s largest collection of risk and insurance literature, policies, and related documents; The Language Connection, the University’s intensive English language institute; and other academic programs.