As Seton Hall's Board of Regents prepares to move forward with the search for the next president of the University, Patrick M. Murray, Chairman of the Board, announced that Dr. A Gabriel Esteban's successor will be a Roman Catholic priest. Murray pointed out in a statement on April 27 that this requirement is in accordance with the University's by-laws, which state, "The President of the University shall always be a Roman Catholic priest." https://twitter.com/Setonian/status/857717714110042112 While Esteban was not ordained, this was merely an exception allowed in 2011 after his terms as provost and interim president and a turbulent search process. The next step in the presidential search process is to name a search committee, which, according to Murray, will lead the search by identifying the desired qualifications for the new president and selecting an executive search firm.
As one of the newest colleges at Seton Hall University, the College of Communication and the Arts has seen its share of difficult times.
The subject of Josoph Henry was introduced to me in October 2016 when I started working on an article for The Setonian on the history of the Clery Act, with a focus on the people behind the crime. At that time, The Setonian published an article about the six reported rapes that occurred on Seton Hall’s campus in 2015, according to Seton Hall’s Annual Security Report. This Annual Security Report is in compliance with the Campus Security Act, also known as the Clery Act.
Since being named interim president on March 23, Dr. Mary Meehan–who will become the University’s first female president–has received many “welcome” and “best of luck” messages.
Kimberly Liebler, a junior psychology major, said Esteban has set SHU up for continued success in the future through the many improvements the University has seen during his tenure as president, like reestablishing the Big East Conference and increasing enrollment diversity.
It was only a few months ago that a DePaul University search committee reached out to Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban.
The initial statement by DePaul that Esteban had accepted the position as president of the Chicago-based Catholic university, took students and faculty by surprise.
Seton Hall’s freshman retention rate has been steadily increasing from 2010 to 2015, with 85 percent of freshmen retained in 2015, according to College Factual’s website.