ST. LOUIS – Dr. Fred Pestello has been named St. Louis University’s 33rd president.
The Board of Trustees met Thursday to select the new president of the Jesuit university that sits in mid-town St. Louis. The announcement was made Friday morning.
“I am humbled and honored to follow in the footsteps of the Jesuit presidents who have come before me, and I am deeply committed to carrying on the mission they have fostered so well,” Dr. Pestello said in a statement. “I have been watching Saint Louis University’s progress for years, and I am thrilled for this opportunity to lead an institution that I admire and respect so much.”
Pestello is currently the president of Le Moyne College, a Jesuit liberal arts school in Syracuse, NY.
“Dr. Pestello stood out among an outstanding pool of candidates, and we are very excited for what the future holds for Saint Louis University under his leadership,” said J. Joe Adorjan, chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Pestello has spent his entire career in Catholic higher education, and he understands and embraces SLU’s Jesuit mission.”
Longtime president the Rev. Lawrence Biondi retired in 2013.