April 9, 2021
In 1870, the Right Rev. John Loughlin, Bishop of Brooklyn, called upon the Vincentian Community to establish an institution of higher education to serve a growing immigrant population in the area. The result was St. John’s College, first located on Lewis Avenue in Brooklyn. The College grew into today’s St. John’s University, with our main campus in Queens and in locations throughout New York and Europe.
As a Catholic and Vincentian university, we strive to fulfill St. Vincent de Paul’s vision and continue his efforts on behalf of those most in need. Embracing the call of leadership in higher education, St. John’s is an outstanding institution with highly-regarded academic programs and faculty. It is a place where students from all backgrounds, and particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, come to study, learn, and grow, becoming leaders in our rapidly changing society.
For more than 150 years, St. John’s has continued to play a vital role in higher education, the broader community, and in the lives of those who have benefitted from a comprehensive educational experience. At this critical point in the history and growth of the University, the New York region, our country, and the world, the time is now to contemplate the future of St. John’s and to articulate a bold, ambitious, and dynamic vision and strategic plan. This undertaking will propel the University towards greater successes now and for generations to come.
As President of St. John’s University, I am pleased to announce the formation of a Strategic Planning Committee (the names of the co-chairs and members appear below). The Committee has been charged with developing a comprehensive strategicplan with clear objectives and measurable goals. In addition, the Committee will prioritize the activities and identify the resources needed to best support St. John’s mission and vision going forward. I have charged the Committee to develop a five-year (2022-2027) Strategic Plan to help shape a bright future for our University.
The Strategic Planning Committee may convene ad-hoc/subgroups and meet with members of the St. John’s community including students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and others, including the University’s various working groups, councils, and committees, as it sees fit. If you are contacted by the Committee, I hope that you will be responsive to their outreach.
In addition, I have asked members of the Strategic Planning Committee to regularly share information about the plan’s development with their own units and the broader St. John’s Community. Committee members will solicit feedback from peers and colleagues and, when appropriate, incorporate that feedback into the Committee’s deliberations.
The Strategic Planning Committee and has been asked to complete its work by April 2022. Upon completion, the Strategic Plan shall be presented to the St. John’s Board of Trustees for its consideration at the Board’s May 2022 meeting.
These continue to be challenging times for institutions of higher education, but together and with the help of God, we will make St. John’s stronger than it is today as we continue to make targeted investments to create new opportunities for our students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni. I remain confident that we will grow into the University that God wants us to be as we continue to serve others in the Vincentian tradition.