Dr. Michael Hemesath became the thirteenth president of Saint John's University on July 1, 2012. A 1981 SJU graduate, he is the first layperson appointed to a full presidential term at SJU. Hemesath graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics and received his master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University. He was on the economics faculty at Carleton College from 1989-2012 and served as faculty president from 2009-12. Before teaching at Carleton, Hemesath was on the faculty for two years at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.