STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Rev. Brian J. Shanley, former president of Providence College, has been selected as the new president of St. John’s University.
Shanley is expected to begin his tenure at St. John’s on Feb. 1, 2021.
“On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I am absolutely delighted to welcome Fr. Shanley to St. John’s,” said St. John’s alumnus and chair of the Board of Trustees William J. Janetschek, in a news release. “Fr. Shanley’s steadfast devotion to Catholic education and to student success were apparent from our very first conversations with him. He has a demonstrated record of achievement as President of Providence College, and we believe that he is the ideal candidate to serve as our beloved University’s 18th President. We look forward to, and will be grateful for, Fr. Shanley’s visionary leadership in the years ahead.”
Shanley succeeds Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, the first lay president