GempesawPresident Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., will lead a panel on the role international students may play in meeting the challenges of American higher education today at the fourth annual New York Times “Schools for Tomorrow” Conference – a gathering of academic, business, media, and technology leaders examining major issues in education.

The two-day conference, “Disruptions in the Lecture Hall,” begins on Monday, September 8. Dr. Gempesaw leads and moderates the panel discussion on “The Role of the International Student,” beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9.

Dr. Gempesaw and his fellow panelists-Allan E. Goodman, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Institute of International Education, and Eric W. Kaler, Ph.D., president of the University of Minnesota-consider the ways that students from abroad can help sustain American colleges and universities in today’s challenging academic environment. St. John’s is the session’s sponsor.

We invite you to watch the panel discussion in real time on St. John’s website, from 7:45 to 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9. Visit our homepage,, and click the “spotlight” button to stream the event live.

For more information, please visit the New York Times “Schools for Tomorrow” conference homepage.