President's Biography

Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw became the 17th President of St. John’s University on July 1, 2014. Dr. Gempesaw is an accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator who comes to St. John’s with almost three decades of academic and administrative experience. Prior to his appointment at St. John’s, he served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (2011-14). As Provost, he led the development of new academic and advisement strategies to enhance retention and graduation rates, initiated a multi-term registration system and new winter term, increased international enrollment and global partnerships, established student learning outcomes assessment practices, devised a distinct e-learning market strategy, and introduced new revenue initiatives.

Previously, Dr. Gempesaw served as Dean of the University of Delaware’s (UD) Lerner College of Business and Economics (2006-11) and Vice-Provost for Academic and International Programs (1999-2006). He also served as Interim Dean of UD’s College of Arts and Sciences (2004-05) and Chair of the Department of Food and Resource Economics (1993-99). He joined UD as an assistant professor in 1985, was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in 1989, and promoted to full professor in 1993.

His fields of research are in financial simulation analysis, industrial organization, marketing and international trade. He has taught courses in Statistics-Research Methods, Advanced Production Economics, Agribusiness Finance, and Introduction to Business. He has published over 100 refereed journal articles and proceedings, and has supervised 32 master’s thesis and dissertations.

Dr. Gempesaw received the outstanding teaching award in 1992 from UD’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the outstanding alumni award from Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences in 2008. He previously served as journal editor of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (ARER) and received the Distinguished Member Award (twice) from the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA). He also served as President of NAREA and received the Honorary Life Member award in 2007. In 2013, he was selected as an inaugural fellow of the ARER for demonstrated sustained excellence in research and commitment to the association’s journal.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Mannington Mills, Inc.  Previously, he served on the Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) Athletic Committee and was a CYM basketball referee and coach.  He also served on the St. Thomas More Oratory Advisory Council at Delaware.

Dr. Gempesaw obtained his B.A. in Economics from Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines, M.S. in Agricultural Economics from West Virginia University, and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Pennsylvania State University.

He is married to Clavel Albay Gempesaw who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, and they have two sons.  Daniel completed a double degree with honors (magna cum laude) in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Physics from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. David completed a double major with honors (summa cum laude) in Accounting and Finance and a double minor in Economics and Jazz Studies from the University of Delaware. He is a certified public accountant and completed his M.A. in Economics from Miami University.