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Inauguration of Panayiotis (Peter) Kanelos

An inauguration celebration for Panayiotis (Peter) Kanelos, the 24th president of St. John’s College in Annapolis, was held October 28, 2017.

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Annapolis President Panayiotis Kanelos St Johns College

Meet Pano

Panayiotis (Peter) Kanelos comes to St. John’s with a distinguished record in higher education. After earning degrees from Northwestern University (BA), Boston University (MA), and the University of Chicago (PhD), he taught at Stanford University, the University of San Diego, and Loyola University Chicago. He served most recently as dean of Christ College, the Honors College of Valparaiso University. An outspoken advocate for liberal education, he oversaw the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, comprising a network of more than 100 colleges and universities. Among the earliest participants in the Teach for America program, President Kanelos is as passionate about teaching as he is about writing and scholarship. He founded the Cropper Center for Creative Writing at the University of San Diego and is a noted Shakespeare scholar, having served as the resident Shakespearean in the Old Globe MFA Program and the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Shakespeare Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago.

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