Head of School, St. John’s Preparatory School
Jon McGee is Head of School at Saint John’s Preparatory School in Minnesota, serving as
the school’s chief executive officer. He was appointed head of school in March 2019 and is
the school’s first non-monastic leader since its founding in 1857. Enrolling students in
grades 6 to 12, Saint John’s Prep is the oldest continuously operating secondary school in
Prior to joining Saint John’s Preparatory School, McGee worked in higher education
research and policy for 30 years. He served as Vice President for Planning and Strategy at
the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota from 1999 to 2019,
where was responsible for research and analysis in support of enrollment and budget
decision-making, state and federal government relations, and strategic planning. He also
worked as a budget analyst with Minnesota’s Department of Finance and as Vice President
for Research and Policy Development with the Minnesota Private College Council.
McGee is a frequently invited speaker nationally on demographic trends, the economics of higher education, and the intersection of mission, market, and institutional values. His first book, Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education (published by the Johns Hopkins University Press), examined key forces of disruption in higher education and offers a framework to colleges and universities for addressing those issues. His second book, Dear Parents (also published by the Johns Hopkins University Press), offered parents and families of college-bound students a guide for navigating the complex and often emotional challenge of preparing for college. McGee served as a trustee of the College Board from 2015 to 2019. He also is a member of the faculty of the Harvard University Summer Institute on College Admissions and serves on the board of directors of the Character Collaborative, an organization dedicated to advancing the consideration of character attributes in the college admission process.
McGee is a 1984 graduate of Saint John’s University and lives in Cold Spring, Minnesota –
a small town with a real hardware store, a craft brewery, and a great bakery – with his family.
In fall 2015, he and his wife began 12 consecutive years of undergraduate tuition payments.