Father James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D.

Father James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D., was named president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in July 2018.

The Very Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D., has served as president of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota since 2018. Burns’ leadership is focused on delivering quality education founded in the university’s Lasallian Catholic mission, which calls for a practical education rooted in character formation and a deep grounding in liberal arts. 

Burns is chair of the MIAC Presidents’ Committee for the 2022/2023 term and on the NCAA Division III President’s Advisory Group, holding a four-year term. He is also the major superior of his religious community, Voluntas Dei Institute. 

Prior to Saint Mary’s, Burns previous leadership roles included dean of the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College, assistant and associate professorships in graduate psychology at the University of Saint Thomas and BC, and is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Burns received his undergraduate degree in accounting and graduate degree in counseling psychology, both from the University of Saint Thomas. He went on to earn a doctorate in counseling psychology from Northeastern University with pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale and Harvard.

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