Hemesath named 13th president of St. John’s

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. - Michael Hemesath, professor of economics at Carleton College in Northfield, has been appointed the 13th president of St. John's University in Collegeville by the university's board of regents. He will begin his term in July. Hemesath, a 1981 graduate of the university, will be the first lay president in the school's 155-year history.

"The selection of a lay president represents a new era in the long history of St. John's University, yet I want to emphasize the continuity that will be at the heart of this transition," Hemesath said. "A St. John's education has been transformative for generations of young men precisely because of the Catholic Benedictine heritage that makes this institution a rare and wonderful gift to higher education."

He described his upcoming role as "both tremendously exciting and humbling," noting that the university influenced him and continues to do so.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in economics from St. John's University, Hemesath received his master's and doctorate degrees in economics at Harvard University. He has been on the economics faculty at Carleton since 1989 and has served as faculty president since 2009. Before coming to Carleton, he was on the faculty for two years at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

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