Sheeran ‘returns home’ to the Hall

Members of the University community may have spotted a familiar face on campus Monday, former University president Msgr. Robert Sheeran.

Sheeran was seen having lunch with interim President A. Gabriel Esteban Monday afternoon in the Caf.

According to Robyn Andreula, executive assistant to the President, and Lisa Metz, executive assistant to the Executive Vice President for Administration and the Office of General Counsel, Sheeran’s visit was not associated with the ongoing presidential search being conducted at the University.

The search for a new permanent president began when Sheeran stepped down at the end of June 2010. Esteban was appointed interim president in July 2010 with a 1-year tenure.

According to Metz, Sheeran “returned home to Seton Hall” after he completed two classes on Islam. One at the University of California – Berkeley, and another at the Graduate Theological Union under the Center for Islamic Studies, also located in Berkeley, Calif.

Sheeran’s “brief return” to the University consisted of visiting family, friends and colleagues, Metz said.

According to Metz, Sheeran will be traveling to North American College in Rome this week in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination along with fellow classmates.

“Msgr. Sheeran wishes the community a ‘stress-less’ exam period and all the blessings of Christmas,” Metz said on Sheeran’s behalf.

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Author: Staff Writer

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