Send President McConnell a Message of Congratulations
The Saint Joseph University community celebrates the Inauguration of the University's 29th president, Cheryl A. McConnell, PhD, on Sept. 8, 2023. Join us in leaving a message of congratulations and well wishes for our new president. Photos are also welcome!
The Inauguration of
Cheryl A. McConnell, PhD
Saint Joseph's University
Cheryl A. McConnell, PhD, joins Saint Joseph’s University as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.
Under the direction of Dr. McConnell, the University launches its first Day of Dialogue featuring events, lectures and workshops to increase diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. McConnell engineers the University’s pivot to hybrid learning. Saint Joseph’s is one of three Philadelphia universities to maintain an in-person presence during the first year of the pandemic.
The University launches a $300-million comprehensive campaign, SOAR, to fund multiple capital projects, increase access to education through financial aid and scholarships, and further academic and mission innovation.
Saint Joseph’s completes a historic merger agreement with the University of the Sciences, acquiring dozens of academic programs in health and science — the integration of which is spearheaded by Dr. McConnell.
Mark C. Reed, EdD, steps down as president of the University and Dr. McConnell is named interim president by the Board of Trustees.
Saint Joseph’s announces a merger agreement with the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, led by Dr. McConnell. The merger is expected to close in January 2024.
Dr. McConnell is unanimously elected the 29th and first female president of Saint Joseph’s University.