A. Gabriel Esteban was appointed 20th president of Seton Hall University in January 2011, after serving as interim president for six months. He has charged the University¹s more than 900 faculty and 1,800 employees and nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to aspire to excellence in scholarship and service and is committed to the institution’s 158-year Catholic mission.
Starting in 2007, Esteban was provost and chief academic officer of Seton Hall. In that office, he oversaw eight colleges and schools, University libraries and enrollment services.
He has spearheaded the University’s strategic planning and campus master plan initiatives, collaborated with faculty and academic leaders on enhancing and adding undergraduate and graduate programs, establishing academic priorities and strengthening the centrality of academics at Seton Hall. He has also led the strategic changes in the enrollment management and financial aid strategies that will position the University through the current economic environment.
When he was chief academic officer, Seton Hall won more international faculty fellowships and student scholarships (including the first-ever Rhodes Scholarship, as well as numerous Fulbrights) than ever before.
Prior to his leadership positions at Seton Hall, Esteban was provost and dean of faculty at The University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Esteban also served as dean of the College of Business and tenured professor of marketing at the University of Central Arkansas. During that time he served as chairman of the Conway (Arkansas) Area Chamber of Commerce and of the Women’s Shelter for Central Arkansas. He was associate vice president of academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University and an assistant professor at the University of Houston-Victoria. Esteban was also a fulltime instructor at the College of Business Administration of the University of the Philippines.
He received a doctorate in administration from the Graduate School of Management of the University of California at Irvine and a master of science in Japanese business studies from Chaminade University in Honolulu. Esteban earned a master of business administration and a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. He also received specialized training in leading transformation and change at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in addition to private sector work experience in the Philippines and Japan.
Currently, Dr. Esteban is a founding board member and vice chairman of the Asian Pacific Islander American Association of Colleges and Universities, a new national organization established to advocate on behalf of minority-serving institutions that have significant numbers of Asian American and Pacific Islander American students.
Esteban has served American higher education in a number of national roles, including membership on the Accreditation Review Council of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and work as team chair and consultant-evaluator. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Commission on Inclusion, American Council of Education (ACE). Esteban serves as a board member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) Commission and the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), and has been selected to serve on the national task force for Voluntary System for Accountability (VSA) sponsored by American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
For the past seven years, he has been an invited speaker and faculty member of the Leadership Development Program for Higher Education offered by Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics held at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California.
Most recently, Dr. Esteban has been inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He received the Servant Leader Award from St. Paul’s Outreach in April 2014.
He is the first lay president of Seton Hall in a generation and a devoted fan of Pirate athletic programs. He and his wife, Josephine, have a daughter, Ysabella ’12 who is studying medicine at Creighton University.