On January 11, 2011, the Board of Regents appointed Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban Seton Hall’s next president. Dr. Esteban served as interim president since Monsignor Robert Sheeran stepped down from the presidency on July 1, 2010.
“Dr. Esteban has distinguished himself as an academic leader and fiscal manager since joining Seton Hall in 2007 as its provost and then interim president,” said Patrick Murray, chairman of the Board of Regents. For the past six months he has begun to implement his strategic vision for the University. His commitment to academic excellence and the University’s Catholic mission along with his strong Catholic faith make him the ideal choice to lead our great institution into the future.”
Throughout Dr. Esteban’s career he has been involved in leading institutional change and transformation. He has extensive senior level experience having served at a number of institutions with distinction. During his years at Seton Hall University, he has provided essential leadership and has been instrumental in the formulation and development of a strategic plan for implementation. Dr. Esteban attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and completed the Japan Management Program at the Japan-America Institute for Management Science. Dr. Esteban holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Irvine, an M.S. in Japanese Business Studies from Chaminade University in Honolulu, and an M.B.A. and B.S. in mathematics from the University of the Philippines.
“I am honored to be at the helm of this University that has been a leader in Catholic higher education for more than a century and a half,” Dr. Esteban said in accepting the position. “I remain committed to ensuring Seton Hall’s preeminent position and look forward to continuing to work with the campus community to provide the best possible academic and spiritual education for our students,” he added.
The Board of Trustees made an exception to the University’s bylaws to allow the appointment of Dr. Esteban as president.
Archbishop John J. Myers hailed Dr. Esteban’s appointment. “I welcome heartily the Board of Regents’ selection of Dr. Esteban as the new president of Seton Hall University. At this time in her history, Seton Hall University deserves both a consistency in her leadership, and a consistent and dedicated leader who will serve Seton Hall with distinction,” the Archbishop said.
He added, “His successful track record as both provost and interim president, and his dedication and commitment to Seton Hall’s Catholic identity, are important qualities that will surely benefit this great Archdiocesan institution.”