Governor Parson named St. Louis University President Fred Pestello to the 10-member Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District board comprised of five Illinois appointees and five Missouri appointees in October 2018. Today, the Missouri Senate confirmed this appointment to the Bi-State Board of Commissioners.
Dr. Pestello is the President of Saint Louis University, where he is also a professor of sociology. Dr. Pestello has taught sociology for over thirty years and was previously the president at Le Moyne College. Dr. Pestello holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from John Carroll University, a Master’s of Arts in Sociology from the University of Akron, and a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Akron-Kent State Joint PhD program. Prior to his role at Saint Louis University, Dr. Pestello taught at the University of Dayton and Le Moyne College. He is a founding member of Arch to Park: St. Louis Central Corridor Development Collaborative, a member of CEOs Against Cancer of Missouri, Civic Progress, and Cortex Innovation Community. He is a former member of the board of directors at SSM Heath St. Louis.