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Kanelos Named President of St. John’s College

St. John's College

April 27, 2017


The Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John’s College has appointed Panayiotis (Peter) Kanelos, dean of Christ College at Valparaiso University, as president of the college’s Annapolis campus. The appointment is effective July 1, 2017. Kanelos will succeed Christopher B. Nelson following his retirement on June 30, after serving as president for 26 years.

“The Search Committee concluded that Peter’s impressive record of academic leadership at Valparaiso and his enthusiastic support for the St John’s Program made him a great choice for the presidency of the Annapolis campus,” said Perry Lerner, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and a member of St. John’s College’s Board of Visitors and Governors. “We welcome him to our community.”

In his role as president, Kanelos will join the St. John’s College community of learning and bring a comprehensive vision for liberal arts education. “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.” He will be responsible for strategic leadership and work collaboratively with academic and administrative colleagues to promote the value of the college’s distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum in the course of outreach, student recruitment, and fundraising, among other areas. As a leader in higher education, Kanelos will apply his numerous gifts and talents to advance the mission of St. John’s College.