As we commence the spring 2017 semester, I would like to share with you some of the events, accomplishments, and initiatives that have occurred since the beginning of the academic year in the fall 2016 semester. Their significance lies in a common purpose—to grow stronger as an institution committed to student success both in the classroom and beyond.
This issue of the President’s Newsletter highlights the President’s Dinner, which raised more than $2.4 million in scholarship funds while honoring leaders of service in the Vincentian tradition. It provides an update on the progress of the Strategic Priorities Review Team (SPRT), which continues to ensure that we remain on track to accomplish our institutional initiatives. There is also a recap of the Vincentian Higher Education Conference, “Beyond the Bicentennial: The Promise of Vincentian Higher Education,” which was part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Vincentian mission in the United States. I am pleased to announce the addition of two new senior leaders, Anton Goff, Director of Athletics, and Chris Vaupel, Vice President for Advancement and University Relations. Both individuals have the background and experience to give us confidence in ensuring the success of our athletics, advancement, and university relations programs and initiatives.
Our continued progress in enrollment, retention, placement, and advisement inspires us to continue our efforts in ensuring that our students are prepared for the challenges they will face in their personal and professional lives.
I thank the St. John’s community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends for their commitment to our mission as a Catholic and Vincentian University. For their support, I remain extremely grateful.
Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D.President
Since its inception in 1998, St. John’s University’s President’s Dinner has honored friends, alumni, and other leaders who embrace the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul by striving to make the world a better place.
In keeping with St. John’s continuing efforts to engage its vast—and loyal—alumni network, the University hosts a number of events that highlight the Vincentian mission, celebrate generous giving, and foster a strong connection to alma mater.
Students who enroll at St. John’s have a wide variety of reasons for choosing to earn their degrees at a leading Catholic and Vincentian University. Whatever their aspirations, however, they share a common expectation—that of an academically engaging and supportive environment to ensure their success.
For two years in a row, St. John’s enrolled two of the largest freshman classes in the University’s history—3,253 students in 2015 and 3,248 students in 2016. Retaining those students for their full four years is a top priority.
Following a national search, St. John’s University has appointed Christian P. Vaupel, Ed.D., as Vice President for Advancement and University Relations.
Taking The Peter J. Tobin College of Business to the next level as a nationally recognized, top-tier business school, Trustee Joseph H. Schwartz ’70C, ’72MBA, ’09HON and his wife, Maria, have made a major gift commitment to establish the Joseph H. and Maria C. Schwartz Endowed Fund at St. John’s University.
At St. John’s University, academic excellence starts in the classroom with knowledgeable and dedicated faculty working to engage and motivate students to reach new heights
This fall, St. John’s enrolled the largest freshman class at any Catholic college or university in the nation. Many of the 3,248 entering students have already distinguished themselves academically, including the young men and women featured below who graduated as high school valedictorians.
Continuing the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the first Vincentian missionaries to the United States, representatives from St. John’s University, DePaul University, and Niagara University came together to discuss the future of Vincentian higher education at a conference convened in New York City on November 11–12.
Mirtelle Mendoza ’20CPS has attended Catholic schools her entire life. A graduate of Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, NY, she came to St. John’s University for one main reason: to grow in her faith while experiencing a quality education.
At his formal Investiture as President of St. John’s in October 2014, Dr. Gempesaw outlined the following strategic priorities to build an even stronger University: