Mark Roosevelt became the seventh president of the Santa Fe campus in January 2016 and assumed college-wide duties for St. John’s in July 2016. He brings a history of accomplishing daunting tasks and a lifelong commitment to educational quality and equity. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees at Harvard University.
St. John’s College Leadership
The St. John’s leadership team includes presidents, deans, and senior administrators from the Annapolis and Santa Fe campuses, working together to serve the interests of the college as a whole. The college cabinet, led by President Mark Roosevelt, oversees college-wide administrative affairs, complementing the work of the faculty Instructional Committees and several campus-specific management committees.
Both Mark Roosevelt, as college-wide president and president of the Santa Fe campus, and Chris Nelson, longtime president of the Annapolis campus, report to the Board of Visitors and Governors, as do the deans. College-wide officers report to Roosevelt while also serving campus-specific needs.
Chris Nelson (SF70) has been Annapolis campus president since June 1991. He holds a JD from the University of Utah, practiced law for 18 years, and chaired his Chicago law firm. He is vice chair and chair-elect of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and a national spokesperson for the liberal arts.
Joe Macfarland (A87) oversees the conduct of the program of instruction in Annapolis. He received his doctorate from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and he was a Fulbright scholar in Bologna, Italy, studying medieval political theory. He has been teaching at St. John’s since 1998.
Matt Davis (A82) supervises the St. John's program of instruction and the welfare of St. John's students in Santa Fe. He received a doctorate in political science from Boston College. Before joining the faculty in Santa Fe he taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Boston College, and the University of Toronto.
A native of northern California, David McDonald (SF93) has taught at St. John’s in Santa Fe since 2005 in the undergraduate program as well as in the Graduate Institute Liberal Arts and Eastern Classics programs. Prior to returning to St. John's as faculty, he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Katie Heines (SF82) oversees the college’s support for students in academics, health and safety, housing, and student activities, among other areas. She earned her PhD in philosophy from the Catholic University of America before joining St. John's in 1995.
Jan Arsenault (SF82) oversees the college’s support for students in academics, health and safety, housing, and student activities, among other areas. She has a master’s from University of Denver and a diploma in analytical psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe. Before joining the faculty at St. John’s, she worked in the counseling office.