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Conrado Gempesaw (seated, third from left), President of St. John’s University in New York, visited Holy Angel University on July 7 as part of the Conversation series held regularly between HAU administrators and visiting academic experts.

Accompanied by wife Clavel (seated, second from left), President Gempesaw sat down with HAU President Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo and members of the Core Group for benchmarking discussions, then met with the Deans to explore partnership possibilities.

Both Holy Angel University and St. John’s University are the largest Catholic academic institutions in their respective regions and were both founded with a vision to provide quality education to the poor.

President Gempesaw is the first lay president of the 147-year-old Catholic university founded and run by the Vincentian Fathers. A native of Davao City, he is the third Filipino to head a university in the United States, after Dr. Amado Esteban (Seton Hall University) and Dr. Calingo (Woodbury University).

St. John’s University has 20,000 students on six locations in Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and Hauppauge in New York, as well as Rome and Paris, making it one of the largest and most diverse Catholic universities in the United States.

Prior to his appointment in St. John’s in 2014, Dr. Gempesaw served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Previously, he served as Dean of the University of Delaware’s (UD) Lerner College of Business and Economics and Vice Provost for Academic and International Programs.

His field of research and expertise is in higher education administration, financial simulation analysis, marketing, and international trade. He has published over 100 journal articles and conference proceedings, and had supervised 32 master’s theses and dissertations.

He earned his B.A. in Economics from Ateneo de Davao University, M.S. in Agricultural Economics from West Virginia University, and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Penn State University.

President Gempesaw hosts Sharing Knowledge, an award-winning cable television talk show broadcast in the East Coast that explores pertinent religious and secular topics.

Date Posted: 07-09-2017