Office of the President

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 in various capacities on staff for President Ronald Reagan.

Dr. McAllister was born in Bronx, N.Y., and was baptized by Fr. Terence Carroll, a priest from Saint John’s Abbey. He and his wife Sanford have triplet sons who are seniors in three separate colleges: Boston College, Villanova University and Wake Forest University. 

During his interim appointment, Dr. McAllister plans to live on Saint John’s campus.