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.

Prior to joining Saint Mary’s, Father Burns was the dean of the Woods College of Advancing Studies and Summer Session at Boston College. While dean, Father Burns’ vision led to significant increases in revenue, including nearly tripling the net contribution of Woods College to Boston College over several years. Under his leadership, Boston College’s once smallest school grew to become the fourth largest. Other results at the school included a 25 percent increase in the first-year retention rate and a several million dollar increase in the endowment.

Before his time at Boston College, Father Burns was co-chairman and associate professor of the Graduate School of Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He also was an assistant professor in counseling psychology and religion at Boston University.

Father Burns holds a doctor of philosophy degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and a master’s degree from St. Paul Seminary’s School of Divinity. He completed pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at Yale School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. His undergraduate degree was in accounting from the University of St. Thomas School of Business.

A highly accomplished author, researcher, and a licensed psychologist in Minnesota and Massachusetts, Father Burns sits on a number of professional boards and committees and is a doctoral program accreditor for the American Psychological Association.

Born in Saint Paul, Father Burns is grateful to return to Minnesota to be closer to his family.

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