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 marketing, institutional research, planning and state and federal government relations.
McGee has worked in higher education research and policy for 24 years. After earning a Master of Arts degree in public affairs in 1988 from the University of Minnesota, he worked in the state’s Department of Finance as a budget analyst, where he was responsible for executive branch planning and development of public sector postsecondary operating and capital budgets. From 1992 to 1999, he was 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.
In 1999, McGee joined the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. He serves on the cabinet of both colleges and is responsible for research and analysis in support of enrollment and budget decision-making, strategic planning leadership, and leadership in support of campus visibility and marketing. He has written regular essays and white papers for Hardwick Day and The Lawlor Group and is a frequently invited speaker nationally on demographic trends, the economics of higher education and the intersection of mission, market and institutional values. He recently completed a book, Educationomics, which examines key forces of disruption in higher education and offers a framework to colleges and universities for addressing those issues. He hopes the book will be published and available in spring 2014. McGee serves on the College Board Midwest Regional Council and as a member of the College Scholarship Service Assembly Council, where he is national chair-elect.
McGee is actively involved in community work, serving on the boards of Casa Guadalupe Multicultural Community and the Stearns History Museum and Research Center. He is a 1984 graduate of Saint John’s University and lives in Cold Spring, Minnesota – a small town with a real hardware store, a small craft brewery, and a great bakery – with his wife and their four children. In two years, he and his wife will begin 14 consecutive years of undergraduate tuition payments.
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