An Interview with Saint Joseph’s College President Dr. Stephen Hulbert

July 3, 2014

What about SJC has impressed you?

From the outset, I have been impressed with the rich history behind SJC and the love that is reflected by alumni of all ages for both the institution and its people. I am constantly hearing comments from alumni expressing a great depth of appreciation for all that they were encouraged to become while at SJC.


What are some of the goals you have set as SJC President?

My goals are those shared by the College’s Board of Trustees. They include, among others, bringing the campus’s seasoned administrative leadership together and committing to effective and timely communication within the College family and, more broadly, the external community.


What is one thing you want the SJC community to know about you? 

I care very much about the stewardship of colleges. While institutions like SJC are all about the people who comprise the College family, we all share a responsibility to protect the College and to ensure that it is there for future generations.


Where can students expect to see you on campus?

It is my style to be out and about on campus, whether it’s attending events or just grabbing a cup of coffee. I like to visit with folks, and that often happens when my dog, Max, and I are walking the campus.


What would students at your former institution say about you?

That I am visible and am the type of president who willingly attends events and likes to have contact with students and staff alike. Students often simply describe me as approachable and easy to talk with. They would also be likely to say that I can and will take difficult leadership positions in order to protect the college I serve.


What are your favorite professional sports teams?

The Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox, ahh did I say the Red Sox? Also, any team with Peyton Manning on its roster! But admittedly, from my years in Colorado, I strongly favor the Denver Broncos.


Do you own any pets?

No; I am “owned” by a 12 year old Chinese Pug named Max (Maxwell Smart AKA Fast Max). You will see us out walking on campus, so say hello!


If you were a musical instrument, which would you be, and why?

Anything percussion, because it can be loud!


What is the best meal you have ever had?

My last one, and that is my problem!


Describe your ideal road trip, including what car you would drive.

Driving around the coastal roads of Nantucket (an island off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass.) in a 1957 VW convertible.


What is your favorite word?



What is the most recent book you read for pleasure?

“Lincoln’s Boys (John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image)” by Joshua Zeitz.


What is your favorite TV show?

“NCIS” for a great escape.


If you could have dinner with an historical figure, who would it be, and why?

Abraham Lincoln. I have read and studied Lincoln history for several decades. Lincoln was extraordinary as a chief executive and our first commander-in-chief. He was eloquent, showed great humor, and yet, like most of us, had his own demons to deal with.

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