Annapolis Presidential Search

Annapolis President Pano Kanelos informed the St. John’s College Board of Visitors and Governors that he would not seek an extension of his contract, which ends in June, 2022.

As such, St. John’s College, often considered the most rigorous and contrarian liberal arts college in America, invites nominations and applications for the position of president of its Annapolis, Maryland campus. The position is expected to assume the collegewide presidency over the college’s two campuses in June, 2023. The college’s Western campus is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This overarching search welcomes candidates capable of the deft leadership required to succeed in both positions.

St. John’s College plays a vital role in American education. The third oldest college in the United States, St. John’s is renowned internationally for its Program of Instruction, which anchors its community of learning in a pedagogical approach that joins Socratic inquiry and dialogue with the rigorous study of foundational and world-changing books that span 3,000 years of the Western intellectual tradition; in addition, the Santa Fe campus offers a graduate exploration of the Eastern intellectual tradition.

With two beautiful campuses operating across the country in two historic capital cities, St. John’s campuses enroll a combined 800 undergraduate students, as well as 125 students in the Graduate Institute. By learning through discussion in seminars, laboratories, and tutorials, members of the St. John’s community are continuously immersed in a quest for a deeper understanding of the world and themselves. Students and alumni are colloquially known as “Johnnies” and pride themselves on their ability to consider antithetical ideas, to engage with civility across divides, to examine their biases, and to doggedly pursue truth.

Upon joining the college, the new president will lead the campus through an important transition period that will move the campus from great to extraordinary. To accomplish this, the president will be charged with raising retention rates while maintaining the highest standards of rigor; increasing student support and strengthening career preparation programming; and preparing the college to successfully serve students of the future—who are increasingly diverse and often economically underprivileged. The president will also be a public face of the college’s $300 million Freeing Minds campaign. In addition, he or she must be deeply committed to St. John’s understanding of and commitment to the liberal arts and to the singular role that the college’s Program of Instruction plays in American higher education.

To effectively lead at St. John’s College, the president must meet the following goals: 

  • Lead St. John’s College, Annapolis through an important transition period that moves the college from great to extraordinary.
  • Serve as a compelling and effective advocate for the mission and value of St. John’s College and its Program of Instruction, both internally and externally.
  • Partner effectively within a complex management structure as Annapolis president.
  • If appointed collegewide president: steward both campuses as the collegewide president, expected to begin in June, 2023, when the current collegewide president, Mark Roosevelt, transitions to the Santa Fe campus presidency until his expected retirement in June, 2024.

St. John’s College has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile, and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search. Electronic submission of materials is required.

St. John’s College is an equal opportunity employer; candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.