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Office of the President

Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw, Ph.D.

Welcome to St. John’s University!

For more than 148 years, St. John’s University has educated the sons and daughters of immigrants. Founded in 1870, the University was established by the Vincentians at the request of the first Bishop of Brooklyn to provide higher education to a growing immigrant population.  We are proud of this tradition which fosters openness and respect for every person and equal opportunity to attain a college education.  As such, it is not surprising that St. John’s is among the most diverse national universities in the country.

St. John’s University instills in its students not only the desire for knowledge and pursuit of academic excellence but also the compassion to serve others—especially those most in need—following the example of St. Vincent de Paul.  Because of this mission, the University is noted for its academic service-learning programs, which combine academics with opportunities to cultivate faith while engaging in service.

At St. John’s, our primary goal is to ensure the success of our students. I encourage you to learn more about the University’s excellent programs, our beautiful campuses, and our outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators who support our more than 21,000 students and over 187,000 alumni.

I thank you for your interest in St. John’s University.

Sincerely,

Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D.
President

A Message from the President to the University Community

On behalf of the St. John’s University community, I wish to express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims killed and those injured in the mass shootings that took place over the past eight days in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas and at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. We commend the first responders whose bravery and quick action prevented more casualties in these tragic incidents.  

As a Catholic and Vincentian University,  we add our voices to those seeking an end to these senseless tragedies. We continue to pray for the courage to rise above hatred and violence, and to work for greater understanding and compassion for one another. May all of the recent victims and their families find comfort in the collective sympathy of the St. John’s community – a community that joins them in prayer, remembrance, and solidarity.

On behalf of the entire St. John’s community, I wish to express the University’s deep sympathy with the families of the victim killed and those injured in the shooting that took place over the weekend at a synagogue – Congregation Chabad – north of San Diego, California. The shooting, which occurred on the last day of Passover, is the latest in a disturbing trend of attacks on houses of worship and people of all faiths in the United States and other countries around the world.

As a Catholic and Vincentian University, St. John’s strongly condemns all forms of faith-based violence, extremism, intolerance, hate, bigotry, and racism. When atrocities occur in any place of worship as we have seen too often as of late, all people should unite to condemn such violence and support the victims. We must always speak out against the use of hate speech in our communities and on social media.

We continue to pray for the courage to rise above hatred and violence, and to work for greater understanding and compassion for one another. May all of the recent victims and their families, and people of all faiths, find comfort in the collective sympathy of the St. John’s community – a community that joins them in prayer, remembrance, and solidarity.

On behalf of the entire St. John’s community, I wish to express the University’s solidarity with the victims and families of those who were killed or injured in the horrific terror attacks that took place at several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the holiest day of the year on the Christian calendar. Pope Francis has said that these attacks “brought mourning and sorrow” on the most important of Christian holidays.

The terror attacks have thus far claimed the lives of at least 290 innocent people and injured more than 500 people. The Sri Lankan government has called these bombings as a “well-coordinated attempt to create murder, mayhem, and anarchy.” Many foreigners, including Americans, are among the victims, still missing or unidentified.

As a Catholic and Vincentian University, St. John’s strongly condemns all forms of violence, extremism, religious intolerance, hate, bigotry, and racism.  When atrocities occur in any place of worship as sadly we have seen far too often during this year, all people should unite to condemn such violence and support the victims.

Please join the St. John’s community in praying for our global family to come together and rise above hatred and violence and work towards greater understanding and compassion for one another.  May the victims and their families, and people of all faiths find comfort in the collective sympathy of our community that joins them in prayer and remembrance of the lives lost.

On behalf of the entire St. John’s community, I wish to express the University’s solidarity with the victims and families of those who were killed or injured in the horrific shootings that took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, March 15.  The brutal attack that claimed the lives of 50 innocent people, including several children, is an attack on humanity.  

As a Catholic and Vincentian University, St. John’s strongly condemns all forms of violence, extremism, intolerance, hate, bigotry and racism.  When atrocities occur in any place of worship – whether it be at a mosque in New Zealand, a synagogue in Pittsburgh, or a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines –all people should unite to condemn such violence and support the victims. 

Please join me in praying for our global family to come together in common humanity to rise above hatred and violence and work towards greater understanding and compassion for one another.  May the victims and their families, and people of all faiths find comfort in the collective sympathy of our community that joins them in prayer and remembrance of the lives lost.

Initiatives

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Strategic Priorities

In 2015, the University adopted the Strategic Priorities Action Plan as an institution-wide framework addressing our four strategic priorities. The Strategic Priorities Action plan was developed by the Strategic Priorities Working Group (SPWG) and the President’s Advisory Council (PAC). The Plan will guide and inform our decision making over the next five years and beyond.

President's Society 2018 Members

President's Society

Founded in 1968, the President’s Society honors those students who combine scholarship, integrity, maturity, and a well-rounded personality with University-wide awareness, participation and leadership, demonstrated by their significant contributions to the academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular life of St. John’s.