Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., began his tenure as the seventh president of St. Joseph's College on July 1, 2014. He brings to this position a wealth of experience in higher education, and Catholic higher education in particular.
Calareso also brings an abundance of successful experience in higher education to this role of president of SJC. Most recently, he was the president of Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, a position he had held since 2007. Prior to that, he served as the president of Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, and Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.
Calareso has earned a national reputation for his knowledge in liberal arts education, teaching and administration. He is also a renowned speaker at international, national, regional and local conferences and workshops, as well as the author of numerous books and articles. A strong fundraiser, Calareso has successfully planned and led a number of major fundraising campaigns resulting in significant capital improvements, growth of endowments, scholarship programs, endowed chairs and special projects.
Calareso is a Boston native, and began his career in education as a seventh and eighth grade teacher and director of religious education in Rochester, New York. He also served as both a teacher and a school administrator in Madison, Wisconsin, and in 1982 was named director of catholic education and superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Green Bay.
Calareso began his career in higher education in 1989 by accepting a faculty position as Associate Professor of Educational Administration at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. By the time he left seven years later, he had been promoted, tenured, named dean of the School of Education, and, finally, appointed provost/vice president for academic affairs. In 1996, he accepted the position of vice president for academic affairs at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. At both St. Rose and Merrimack, he was instrumental in the development of new academic programs, increases in enrollment and the initiation of community partnerships.
Calareso received a Ph.D. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned a master’s degree from St. Bernard’s School of Theology in Rochester, New York, and an undergraduate degree from Boston College. Calareso and his wife, Rose, have three grown children and four grandchildren.