Past Presidents

The mission driven institution has had eight leaders in its 101-year history.

Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D.

Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D.

2014 - 2017

A year after becoming the College’s seventh president, Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., in 2015 announced plans to build a 300-bed student residence hall at SJC Long Island. Dr. Calareso led the College until July 2017. 

 

S. Elizabeth A. Hill ’64, C.S.J., J.D.

1997 - 2014

S. Elizabeth A. Hill ’64, C.S.J., J.D., presided over major expansion at SJC Brooklyn and SJC Long Island, including construction of the new Hill Center athletic facility in Brooklyn and the Business Technology Center in Patchogue.

 

S. George Aquin O’Connor, C.S.J., Ph.D.

S. George Aquin O’Connor, C.S.J., Ph.D.

1969 - 1997

The College’s longest serving president, S. George Aquin O’Connor, C.S.J., Ph.D., spearheaded a dramatic curriculum overhaul and the establishment of SJC Long Island.

 

S. Vincent Thérèse Tuohy, ’39, C.S.J., Ph.D.

S. Vincent Thérèse Tuohy, ’39, C.S.J., Ph.D.,

1956 - 1969

The College’s first female president, S. Vincent Thérèse Tuohy, ’39, C.S.J., Ph.D., launched the College’s first capital campaign, resulting in the construction of McEntegart Hall in 1965 and the Dillon Child Study Center in 1968.

 

Monsignor William T. Dillon, J.D., LL.D.

Monsignor William T. Dillon, J.D., LL.D.

1945 - 1956

Monsignor William T. Dillon, J.D., LL.D., co-founded the Delta Epsilon Sigma national honor society and started the preschool at SJC Brooklyn, now called the Dillon Child Study Center.

 

Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy, Ph.D., S.T.D.

1921 - 1945

Beloved by his students, Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy, Ph.D., S.T.D., was the College’s first philosophy professor. He was heralded as president for his undying dedication to the students.

 

Bishop Charles E. McDonnell, D.D.

Bishop Charles E. McDonnell, D.D.

1916 - 1921

Bishop Charles E. McDonnell, D.D., announced the opening of St. Joseph’s College for Women and became the College’s first president.