Paul Edwin Lima

Paul Edwin Lima, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired) Named President Of St. John’s Northwestern Academies

Lima Becomes 18th President in School’s 137-year History 

DELAFIELD, Wis., November 12, 2020 – St. John’s Northwestern Academies (SJNA) announced that its Board of Trustees had elected Paul Edwin Lima, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired), to become the 18th President of the Academies effective immediately. General Lima was also appointed to the Board of Trustees. 

General Lima graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and holds master’s degrees from Boston University and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He has managed two highly successful careers as a Major General in the Army Reserve, and as a C-level corporate executive with extensive experience in South America and fluency in Spanish. General Lima’s involvement with St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy dates to 2010, mentoring its cadets through the application process for West Point admissions. He has recently worked as an independent consultant for the President and Board Chair of the Academies. 

 “I believe General Lima possesses outstanding skills and experience that will enable him to achieve great success as President,” said Mike Henn, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “I am confident that he will grow and enhance our Military Academy honoring its rich 137-year history, and nurture and grow our nascent Leadership Academy, such that our campus will be a thriving educational institution for many decades to come.” 

General Lima succeeds Mr. Thomas D. Stocks III, who is transitioning to a new role as a consultant assisting the Academies in its fundraising efforts. Tom is a 1969 graduate of St. John’s Military Academy and has been extensively involved with the Academies for more than 25 years, serving on the Board of Trustees and chairing the Board’s finance committee. During his tenure, Tom was responsible for integrating females into the Military Academy and launching SJNA’s newest program – St. John’s Northwestern Leadership Academy. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees and all of the constituents of our Academies, we extend our deepest thanks to Tom for his long service and tremendous contributions,” said Chair Henn. “We are fortunate he will continue to serve the Academies in a critical role focused on fundraising.” 

“I am energized and excited to be selected to serve as the next President of St. John’s Northwestern. For 137 years, the Academies have educated and developed young men and women into responsible citizens and moral, ethical leaders who are inspired to meet the world’s challenges. I fully intend to build upon the strong foundation that Mr. Stocks and his predecessors have created, and I am fully confident to position the Academies to reach even greater levels of success, impact and relevance,” said General Lima. 

SJNA develops young men and women inspired to become responsible citizens and moral and ethical leaders for the global community. 

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