Two Years in, St. Joe’s President Making the Grade
St. Joseph’s University officials hoped to enroll 1,150 students this fall. They got only 1,100.
It was time for a decision.
Dig deeper into the applicant pool, accept more students, and bring in more tuition revenue? Or maintain selectivity and cull the academically strongest class in a decade?
Mark C. Reed, who became St. Joe’s president two years ago, didn’t hesitate. The school will live with a smaller freshman class. Because the school had a larger class the year before, Reed said, it could absorb the reduction.
“It was not a hard decision at all,” he said. “Our academic reputation, our institutional reputation is of paramount importance.”