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Roles of the Regents

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="270"][/caption] Seton Hall has seven new members of the University’s powerful Board of Regents, but few students understand the role that the Board plays on the Seton Hall campus. The Board of Regents is the University’s governing body. It makes important decisions for the University, while keeping students’ interests in mind. Some of their duties include hiring University administrators, opening new colleges, erecting new buildings, and approving the annual budget and policies. The full Board meets four times a year, usually in September, December, March, and June, said Monsignor Anthony Ziccardi, Secretary Designee of the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents committees deal with matters such as student issues, finance investments, athletics, and academics. Monsignor Ziccardi oversees the process, as laid out in the University By-Laws, by which the seven new members were elected this past summer. These new members are Ryan Duffy (1993), James O’Brien (1982), Robert Sloan (1986), Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, John Swift (1960), Matthew Wright (1989), and Leo Zatta (1978, M.B.A. 1984, M.S. 1986). Emeritus members now include Bill Aimetti (1966) and Thomas Sharkey (1954). “The Committee on Regents periodically assesses what the Board needs in terms of the professional expertise of members and then searches for individuals who possess such expertise, and who demonstrate a commitment to the University and its mission,” said Monsignor Ziccardi. The new members, each serving a three-year term, bring a range of expertise from diverse career fields, particularly “business, finance health care, higher education, and religion,” as explained in an article on SHU’s website. Brianna Bernath can be reached at


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