Vice President for Planning & Public Affairs
College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Minnesota
Join McGee as he presents the 2014 Keynote address, “Educationomics.” Colleges and universities across the country have entered a new world of increasingly complicated choices. Three important disruptive forces have converged and intensified in recent years: demographic disruption, economic disruption, and values disruption. Together these forces have changed and will continue to change the environment for higher education, often in ways that challenge our sense of mission, our approach to the market, and our management practice. McGee will examine the effects and consequences of disruptive market forces and present an integrated and holistic framework for strategic decision-making in the face of change.
Jon McGee is vice president for planning and public affairs at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota. His management division includes institutional research, planning, marketing and communications, and state and federal government relations.
McGee has worked in higher education research and policy for 25 years. A graduate of Saint John’s University, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Affairs in 1988 from the University of Minnesota. He began his professional career as a budget analyst in the Minnesota Department of Finance, where he was responsible for executive branch planning and development of operating and capital budgets for the state’s public colleges and universities. From 1992 to 1999, he served as vice president for research and policy development at the Minnesota Private College Council, where he was responsible for analysis of state and federal higher education policy, particularly as they related to education finance and student financial aid, as well as collection and analysis of institutional enrollment and financial data. Much of his work and writing focused on demographic and economic trends and their impact on higher education and public policy.
McGee joined the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in 1999. He reports directly to the president of each institution and serves on the executive cabinet of both colleges. His responsibilities include research and analysis in support of enrollment and budget decision-making, strategic planning leadership, and leadership in support of campus visibility and marketing.