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Wall Street Journal Profiles St. John's President

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mr. Gempesaw, a 61-year-old former statistics professor who previously served as provost at Miami University in Ohio, marks a shift at St. John’s. An immigrant from the southern islands of the Philippines, he is also the school’s first Filipino leader.

In his first eight months on the job, Mr. Gempesaw has frozen tuition for the coming academic year and slashed it by some $10,000 at the school’s satellite Staten Island campus.

“It’s a time of change,” said the Rev. Bernard M. Tracey, St. John’s executive vice president for mission. “Having someone come with a new set of eyes is tremendously helpful.”  Read More