Fred P. Pestello (born 1952) is an American sociologist and administrator in higher education. He currently serves as the 33rd President of Saint Louis University (SLU) in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to this, he was the 13th President of Le Moyne College, a post he had held since July 1, 2008.
Pestello was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and received his bachelor's degree in sociology at John Carroll University in 1974, his master's degree in sociology from the University of Akron in 1981, and his doctoral degree from the University of Akron-Kent State University joint Ph.D. program in sociology in 1985.
Prior to accepting his position at Le Moyne College, Pestello served at the University of Dayton for 24 years. He began his academic career as professor of sociology at the university, and later became chair of the department of sociology, anthropology, and social work. From there, Pestello took administrative positions as the associate dean of the College o