SHU continues search for new president

Seton Hall University has been searching for a new president since the resignation of President Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban last February.

A memo sent out to the student body from the Office of Board Affairs stated the University selected a search firm to assist in finding the University’s next president.

Seton Hall continues its search for a new University president after President Esteban’s departure last February. Greg Medina/Photography Editor.

The firm, Witt/Kiefer specializes in “executive searches in academic and health related organizations,” according to the school-wide memo. The organization has invited the student body to attend information sessions on Thursday, Sept. 21 at either 10 am to 11 am or 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Mr. Henry D’Alessandro is the chairman of the search committee.

The process for finding a search firm required submitted proposals from multiple search firms and after extensive interviews Witt/Kiefer was selected. Their “reputation and record of accomplishment” was a leading factor of the choice of Witt/Kiefer whom have assisted in searches for Seton Hall before.

D’Alessandro said via email that, “Witt/Kiefer brings to the search process a clear strategy for recruitment, a vast network of contacts in higher education, and many past successes at finding capable presidents for other universities like Seton Hall.”

The committee expects to have a president in place by July 2018.

However, the process will not produce immediate results.

“The search will conclude only when we have found the best president for Seton Hall as well as bringing a search firm into the process they have brought the student body into the process,” D’Alessandro wrote in an email. “The Search Committee believes that the opinions of students are important and that it can learn from our students about some of the qualities that the next president should possess.”

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Author: Staff Writer

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