Michael (Mike) Pressimone, Ed.D., was selected president of Fontbonne University on Feb. 1, 2014, and assumed office on July 1, 2014. He is the university’s 14th president.
Prior to coming to Fontbonne, Dr. Pressimone’s higher education career spanned more than three decades. Immediately before taking office, he served as vice president of advancement at Alvernia University in Reading, Pa., where he oversaw fundraising and alumni activities. He was responsible for the design, implementation and completion of a $27 million campaign, the largest in Alvernia’s history, which concluded in October 2013, having raised over $31.6 million. Before his position at Alvernia, Dr. Pressimone served as vice president for institutional advancement at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC, and Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa. He has been active in professional organizations and was a founding member and officer of the Susquehanna Valley (Pa.) Planned Giving Council.
Dr. Pressimone has served on a number of nonprofit boards including the North American Center for Marianist Studies (Dayton, Ohio), Berks Youth Chorus (Reading, Pa.), the Development Advisory Board of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Reading, Pa.) and the Berks County Chapter of the American Red Cross, as well as many other organizations in the communities where he has lived.
Dr. Pressimone and his wife, Cathy, have been very active in parish activities, including sacramental instruction, Eucharistic ministry, RCIA, and marriage mentoring and mentor training. He is also very active in music ministry as a cantor and guitarist. He and Cathy have been married for 34 years and are blessed with 12 children and three grandchildren.
He has become an active member of the St. Louis community. He currently serves on the United Way of Greater St. Louis Board, the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Chaminade College Prep Board and the Academic Affairs Committee of Incarnate Word Academy. He has been an active voice in issues of diversity and racial justice and he currently serves on the advisory board for Chronicle::Ferguson. He and Cathy are active members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish where Cathy also serves as Pastoral Associate. Together they teach a number of sacramental preparation programs and Mike is active in music ministry as cantor and guitarist.
He holds an Associate of Arts degree from Catonsville Community College (now known as the Community College of Baltimore County), a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Catholic University of America, a Master of Arts in Leadership in Higher Education from Regis University, and a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.
Dr. Pressimone enjoys time with family, woodworking/home projects, running, golf, music and acting.