Dr. Eugene McAllister
Interim President, Saint John’s University
Dr. Eugene McAllister began his appointment as Interim President of Saint John’s on August 1, 2019.
Dr. McAllister received his undergraduate degree in economics from Loyola University of Los Angeles, his masters from the University of California (Davis), and his Ph.D. from Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.).
Prior to coming to Saint John’s, Dr. McAllister was president of the University of Great Falls, Montana (now called Providence University). He was Vice President for Financial Affairs at Jacksonville University for four years. He previously worked as an Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs in the U.S. Department of State during President George H.W. Bush’s administration and served as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan in the White House.
Dr. McAllister was born in Bronx, New York, and was baptized by Fr. Terence Carroll, a priest from Saint John’s Abbey. He and his wife Sanford have triplet sons who graduated in May 2020 from Boston College, Villanova University and Wake Forest University.
About Saint John’s University
Saint John’s University students achieve excellent outcomes. Four-year completion rates at SJU significantly exceed averages for private and public colleges regionally and nationally. Fully 97 percent of graduates report that within a year of earning their degree, they are either employed, pursuing a graduate degree or in a full-time volunteer position. In 2019 and 2020, SJU and its partner in academic excellence, the College of Saint Benedict, were named the best colleges for employment placement in Minnesota by Zippia, a career website. In 2019, SJU was ranked first for return on investment in Minnesota among private four-year colleges by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. SJU and CSB are ranked among the top baccalaureate institutions nationally in the number of students who study abroad.