Kevin Gillespie (academic)

C. Kevin Gillespie S.J. was the 27th president of Saint Joseph's University, from July 1, 2012 to 2015.[1] He replaced former president Timothy R. Lannon. Gillespie graduated from St. Joe's in 1972 and is native to the Philadelphia area.

C. Kevin Gillespie
President of St. Joseph's Univserity
In office
Preceded byJohn Smithson
Succeeded byMark Reed
Personal details
BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materSaint Joseph's University
Duquesne University
Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley
Boston University
OccupationUniversity president

Early life and education

Gillespie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from St. Joseph's University as well as a master's degree in psychology from Duquesne University. He also received a master's degree in divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley along with a Ph.D. in pastoral psychology from Boston University.


Gillespie worked at Loyola University Chicago as the associate provost in the University Centers of Excellence.[2] Gillespie is the first alum to serve as university president in over a century.

Gillespie has been an active member of the Saint Joseph's University Board of Trustees since 2006.[3]


  1. "Saint Joseph's University Names Gillespie Its 27th President". Saint Joseph's University. 2011-11-10. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  2. Loyola University Chicago, (Staff Page)
  3. "St. Joe's picks Loyola-Chicago official as president -". 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2014-05-07.