President Jack Shannon
John T. (Jack) Shannon Jr. assumed leadership of Christian Brothers University on July 1 as its 23rd president. Shannon is a distinguished higher education leader with many years of experience directing not only academic and student-centered initiatives but also public/private partnerships focused on economic development in some of the most economically-challenged communities in the country.
“The future is a very bright one for CBU because of the strong and sustainable foundation for continued success that has been built by President Smarrelli, the Board of Trustees, and the Memphis community,” Shannon says. “CBU is well positioned to continue along a path of educational excellence and institutional growth.”
Shannon comes to CBU from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, where he led the Office of Strategic Alliances, Economic Development, and Civic Partnerships and previously served as the university’s vice president for advancement. Prior to his arrival at Montclair State, he served as the inaugural president and CEO of East Baltimore Development Inc., a groundbreaking initiative that successfully undertook the largest urban redevelopment initiative in Baltimore’s history through the integrated delivery of education, health, and human services programs; the construction of new mixed-income housing; the development of a leading-edge life sciences center; and the launch of a new K-8 community school.
He has also served as the associate vice president for economic development and chief of staff to the executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania where he was one of the principal architects and implementers of the university’s highly acclaimed “West Philadelphia Initiatives,” a comprehensive neighborhood redevelopment strategy that was awarded the 2003 Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence.
Shannon holds a BA degree in English from La Salle University in Philadelphia, where he currently serves on the executive committee of its board of trustees. He also holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University and a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania.