Our 2018–19 academic year began with the momentous announcement that St. John’s University has received the largest single donation in its 148-year-old history. The historic $15 million gift from The Starr Foundation will establish the Maurice R. Greenberg Leadership Initiative at the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science—part of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business.
This transformative gift, from one of the largest private foundations in the United States, demonstrates a substantial investment in the University and is an affirmation of our efforts to ensure student success. We are grateful to the Foundation and its Chairman, Maurice R. Greenberg, for their extraordinary commitment to St. John's.
In this issue of The President’s Newsletter, you will read about how our strategic priorities and the collective investments we have made in our students are already yielding a positive return. We continue to make steady improvements in every measure of student success, including student retention, persistence, and graduation rates. This semester, the academic profile of our incoming class grew even stronger and we remain the top choice of New York State residents who choose to enroll in a private college in the state.
Our students continue to achieve and serve. This is evident in the academic accolades such as Watson Fellowships and Fulbright Awards earned by our students and in our unwavering Catholic and Vincentian mission of service to others, both here and abroad.
I am proud of the work taking place at St. John’s and of the shared ownership of ensuring student success that our campus community demonstrates on a daily basis. Our commitment to service to others teaches our students the special responsibility that comes with being part of the larger St. John's family.
I encourage you to learn more about the exciting changes that are taking place at St. John’s University. Not only are we moving in an upward trajectory, but as we approach our 150th anniversary, we are positioned to be an even stronger and better University in the future than we are today.
Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D.President
University Sets New Annual Fundraising Record
The 21st Annual President’s Dinner
Senior Class Gift of 2018