After a nationwide search process, the St. Joseph’s College Board of Trustees announced on March 24 that Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., will become the next president of the College, effective July 1, 2014. He will be the first nonreligious leader of the College since its founding in 1916.
“Dr. Calareso comes to St. Joseph’s College highly recommended by many of his colleagues across the country,” said Chris Drewes, chair of the board of trustees. “He is a strong leader with a stellar academic background, and is well positioned to lead the College into the future from a position of strength.”
Calareso brings a wealth of successful experience in higher education to this role. Currently, he is the president of Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., a position he has held since 2007. He previously served as president of Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, and Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Calareso has earned a national reputation for his knowledge in liberal arts education, teaching and administration. He is also a renowned speaker at international, national, regional and local conferences and workshops, as well as the author of numerous books and articles.
A strong fundraiser, Calareso has successfully planned and led a number of major fundraising campaigns resulting in significant capital improvements, growth of endowments, scholarship programs, endowed chairs and special projects.
“I have a strong belief in and commitment to quality higher education in the tradition of private, independent colleges,” Calareso said. “It is clear that St. Joseph’s values and promotes academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, a respect for all people, the search for truth and a commitment to an educational experience that balances liberal education and career preparation.”
Calareso holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership and administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee, a master’s degree in theology and scripture from St. Bernard’s School of Theology in Rochester, N.Y., and bachelor’s degree in English and theology from Boston College. He and his wife, Rose, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
“We wish to thank S. Elizabeth Hill for her dedication, her vision and her many significant accomplishments during her years at the helm,” Drewes said, speaking on behalf of the board. Her presidency will have a lasting impact on St. Joseph’s College, and we are excited by the prospect of working with Dr. Calareso to build on that success.”