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.

Dr. Gempesaw also served as Dean of the University of Delaware (UD) Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, Vice-Provost for Academic and International Programs, Interim Dean of UD’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Chair of the Department of Food and Resource Economics. 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.

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.