St. John’s College has appointed Panayiotis Kanelos as President of the College’s Annapolis campus, effective July 1, 2017. “I have been a Johnnie at heart for a very long time,” Kanelos said. “St. John’s is, quite simply, the paragon of liberal learning, and I am honored to be joining such a storied institution and such an extraordinary community.”
Kanelos succeeds Christopher B. Nelson who retired on June 30, after serving as president for 26 years. “Kanelos brings to St. John’s College a rich understanding of the value of a liberal arts education,” Nelson said. “With his leadership experience in academia, he also brings a palpable energy and great enthusiasm for our distinctive community of learning.”
Kanelos served for the past four years as the Dean of Christ College, the Honors College of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he was responsible for strategic leadership, coordination, and guidance. He also managed the recruitment and admissions process, including initiatives to expand diversity that led the college to achieve its largest and most diverse enrollment to date. Concurrently, he oversaw the administration and finances of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, a network of 100 colleges and universities that advances liberal arts education. Kanelos also serves on the Executive Board of Trustees for Hellenic College/Holy Cross, where he oversees the institution’s financial operations and chairs the Academic Affairs Committee.
“As dean of Valpo’s Honors College, Peter was an inspired leader, engaging students, guiding colleagues, and advancing the University’s mission. During his tenure, the College experienced a period of marked growth and renewal, which will extend for many years to come,” said Mark A. Heckler, President of Valparaiso University.
Prior to Valpo, at Loyola University Chicago, Kanelos chaired several committees in addition to serving as a core faculty member of the honors program, an associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Shakespeare Studies Program. Kanelos holds a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at University of Chicago, an M.A. in Political Philosophy and Literature from the University Professors Program at Boston University, and a B.A. in English from Northwestern University.