Over the weekend, we announced to the press the new path Seton Hall has taken with our intercollegiate athletics program. After 33 proud years as a charter member of the BIG EAST Conference, we have decided to join seven of our like-minded colleagues and pursue an orderly evolution to a foundation of basketball schools with common interests. DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's and Villanova are joining Seton Hall in this endeavor that we hope will evoke memories of how the BIG EAST started back in 1979.
This decision by my colleagues and me was not made hastily. Since the college athletics landscape began to shift dramatically in the last couple of years, Seton Hall has been diligent in exploring which options would provide our student-athletes with the best opportunity to reach their goals. My fellow university presidents and I have met several times with our basketball-minded brethren, our football-sponsored colleagues and the BIG EAST Conference before coming to this unanimous decision on Saturday.
With the foundation we have in place, we look forward to a continued commitment to healthy competition, the development of our student athletes and academic excellence. In time, our new group will take its place as one of the marquee conferences in the country.
You already know that it's a very exciting time to be a Seton Hall alum, parent or fan. Our athletics programs are enjoying success; significant facility enhancements are under way; and there is a true, renewed sense of pride for our Pirate teams.
I sincerely hope you share in the excitement as we embark on this new chapter of intercollegiate athletics for Seton Hall University.
A. Gabriel Esteban
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Office of the President