Processing Your Payment

Please do not leave this page until complete. This can take a few moments.

Updated: April 20, 2020 / 2020 Power 50

38: Rhona Free

Rhona Free, President University of St. Joseph

Rhona Free has literally changed the face of the University of St. Joseph since becoming president in 2015.

By far her biggest move has been making the former women’s-only college co-ed.

Enrollment at USJ was trending downward and stood at about 2,400 the year before that change went into effect. In fall 2019 enrollment reached about 2,500. She also recruited former legendary UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun to develop a new men’s basketball program.

Additionally, Free serves as board chair of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education and vice chair of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges board of directors.

Click here to view HBJ’s inaugural Power 50 class

Sign up for Enews

Related Content


Order a PDF