Office of the President

To the St. John’s University community,

It is indeed a great honor and privilege to be selected as the 17th President of St. John’s University. As I embark on this new leadership role, I will bear in mind the Catholic and Vincentian core values that have long guided this University.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months and to the opportunity of working together to enhance our academic and research programs, broaden our community and global partnerships, and promote the Vincentian tradition of service to those most in need. I am confident that with the support and cooperation of our faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and friends, we will continue to ensure the success of our students and strengthen the foundation for St. John’s University to effectively meet the challenges of higher education.

It is with utmost humility and profound gratitude that I begin my tenure as your new President. I ask for your prayers and support as we work together with a renewed commitment to sustain St. John’s outstanding reputation as one of the nation’s premier Catholic universities.

Clavel and I thank all of you for the very warm welcome you have extended to us as new members of the St. John’s University community.


Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D.
St. John’s University