25 Years of Institutional Knowledge; A Conversation with St. John’s President, Chris Nelson (E-40)

He’s leaving!  After more than a quarter-century at the helm of St. John’s College, Christoper Nelson is retiring! With that kind of tenure, we thought it woudl be a great time to invade his office and talk.

We covered all sorts of ground. From what makes St. John’s unique, to how they insulate themselves from the political turmoil found on many campuses, to the changes he has seen in Annapolis and St. John’s over his tenure.

We talked about the struggles the college faced during the recession, and the struggles all colleges are facing in today’s world and what will be needed to thrive going forward.

Chris Nelson has left a mark on the institution and the town and our conversation brings it out. Did you know the Nelson is the longest serving president of ANY college or university in the state?  Now you do.

Chris leaves his post (and cushy office) at the end of June and will take a brief sabbatical while he organizes his new home, and then like Schwarzenegger in The Terminator—he’ll be back. Nelson will return as a Tutor (that’s Johnnyese for Professor).

St. John’s College

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Looking ahead–Travis Pastrana, Congressman John Sarbanes,  a chat with the sponsor of the USS Sioux City–one of the Navy’s newest battleships, the final (we think) Mayoral Candidate for Annapolis–Nevin Young, a discussion on tourism and its importance along with an exclusive talk with Annapolis’ newest police chief–Chief Scott Baker! Plus, we have some kids that have decided to spill the beans on their experience at Anne Arundel County Public Schools!

Did you check out our Crabcake with John Tesh or the one with Nick Morrison? You should!

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