A. Gabriel Esteban was appointed 20th president of Seton Hall University in January 2011, after serving as interim president for six months and provost since 2007. He has charged the University's 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.
Dr. Esteban has led the University's strategic planning and campus master plan initiatives and has 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 have led to the
strongest academic profile for incoming freshmen while enrolling the largest freshmen classes in the past thirty years.
Since 2007 when Dr. Esteban was appointed the chief academic officer, Seton Hall has been awarded more international faculty fellowships and student scholarships (including the first-ever Rhodes Scholarship, as well as numerous Fulbright, Udall, Pickering, and Boren Scholarships) than ever before.
Dr. Esteban has collaborated with the campus community to initiate, strengthen, and enhance programs that support the Catholic mission of the University. This includes the creation of the department of Catholic Studies, the establishment of the Archbishop John J. Myers Distinguished Lecture series, as well as initiating the most popular tradition on campus, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony to kick off Christmas at the Hall.
Prior to his leadership appointments at Seton Hall, Dr. Esteban served in senior leadership positions, including provost, dean of the College of Business, and associate vice president for academic affairs. He also served as a member of faculty in Texas and the Philippines.
Dr. Esteban has held numerous leadership positions with non-profits including serving as vice-chair and founding board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Association of Colleges and Universities, a national organization established to advocate on behalf of minority-serving institutions that have significant numbers of Asian American and Pacific Islander American students; vice-chair of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE); and member of the American Council of Education (ACE) Commission on Inclusion.
Dr. Esteban has also been active in higher education accreditation, having served as a member of the Accreditation Review Council of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and team chair and consultant-evaluator. He was also selected to serve on the national task force for Voluntary System for Accountability (VSA) sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Esteban has served as chairman of the Conway (Arkansas) Area Chamber of Commerce and of the Women's Shelter for Central Arkansas. He served on the Board of the South Orange (New Jersey) Performing Arts Center as well.
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. Dr. 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.
Most recently, Dr. Esteban was inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in November 2014. He received the Servant Leader Award from St. Paul's Outreach in April 2014. Dr. Esteban has also received awards from various organizations including his alma mater and was presented a Certificate of Achievement by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., at the Philippine Embassy in 2012.
Dr. Esteban is the first lay president of Seton Hall in a generation. He and his family are devoted fans of Seton Hall's Pirate athletic programs. His wife, Josephine, received her master of business administration from the University of California, Riverside and her masters in economics from the University of the Philippines. Until her recent retirement to become more active at the University, Josephine served as manager for data analytics at a leading New York company. They have a daughter, Ysabella '12 (Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude), who is studying medicine at Creighton University.