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Executive Cabinet

Karen Boroff, Ph.D. Interim Provost

Karen E. Boroff, Ph.D., is the Interim Provost and Executive Vice President at Seton Hall University. Boroff joined the faculty in the Department of Management at the Stillman School of Business in 1989. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and then to Professor in 2000.

From 2000 to 2010, she served as Dean of the Stillman School. During that time, Stillman dedicated its focus to transforming concepts into practice and advanced its reputation, including the rankings of U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. A new trading room was built, propelling the school's prowess in preparing students for careers in finance, and Stillman students began earning first-place awards at prestigious finance competitions. Relying on its many excellent alumni in the field of accounting, Stillman developed a stronghold in entrepreneurship, with dedicated scholarships for students, its annual Pirates Pitch competitions, and its Hall of Fame dinner.

The Sharkey Sports Polling Institute was founded, enabling students to hone their market research techniques while advancing the Stillman and Seton Hall brands. The school's newspaper, The Stillman Exchange, also began. International relationships were expanded, especially in China. Beyond this, the school continued to maintain its accreditation status with the AACSB and earned the specialty Accounting Accreditation by that same agency. The school earned "best in class" for its strong assessment programs by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in 2008. The school developed more pipeline scholarships and established the school's Integrity and Professionalism hallmarks.

Boroff spearheaded the creation of the N.J. Business Honor Society, a statewide honor society for undergraduate students studying business in the state's two- and four-year colleges. With NJPRO, she created the statewide Bright Idea Award, recognizing the scholarship of the faculty in business in the Garden State. She served as President of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration and was on the boards of the New York Society of Security Analysts and Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business students.

Boroff returned to the faculty in 2010. As a professor, she earned the University's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Her research has been published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Labor Law Journal, Labor History, the Case Research Journal, the Armed Forces Journal and Army Magazine, and she has been cited in the media on topical issues in management and labor relations. Most recently, she and Major Matthew Pratt co-authored a paper, earning the Gold Award for Best Case at the North American Case Research Annual Meeting. She has been a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Management Center Innsbruck in Austria, and at Anhui Normal University in Wuhu, China.

Boroff has served with several volunteer associations; she currently volunteers her time at her local parish, St. Patrick in Chatham, N.J., where she is a Eucharistic Minister and teaches religious education to seventh graders.

Matthew Borowick '89/MBA '94Mr. Matthew Borowick '89/MBA '94 was appointed interim vice president for University Advancement on March 1, 2017 with responsibility to lead Seton Hall’s advancement services, alumni relations, development, marketing, communications and government relations. Since then, the number of philanthropic alumni has increased by 30%, improving the giving rate two years in a row when such rates are declining nationally. The University also achieved its two highest fundraising totals in over a decade.

After 10 years in banking, Mr. Borowick joined Seton Hall in 1999, establishing the Department of Government Relations, helping to shape higher education legislation and securing over $65 million for university priorities.

He was promoted in 2004 to lead the Department of Alumni Relations, which engages Seton Hall’s 100,000 graduates through volunteerism, affinity groups, events, advocacy, regional chapters, communications and student-alumni programming.

Mr. Borowick has served as the presiding officer for the association of Private College and University Alumni Directors (PCUAD), has been a frequent presenter and conference chair for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and has been quoted in CASE Currents and other higher education publications. He has consulted nationally and internationally.

He serves as a Lector at St. Cecilia’s, is a volunteer at Manassas National Battlefield Park and has authored numerous articles for American history publications. A lifelong New Jerseyan, Mr. Borowick and his wife Kathy ’90, children Meghan ’16, Alexander ’19, Lauren ’20 and Jenny reside in Monmouth Junction.

Robin CunninghamRobin Cunningham, Ed.S. was appointed interim vice president of Student Services on July 1, 2019 with responsibility to supervise a division created in 2011 that includes Student Affairs, Freshman Studies, the Educational Opportunity Program, ROTC, Academic Support for Student Athletes and the federal TRIO program. She also oversees the departments of Community Development, Housing and Residential Life, Counseling and Health Services, the Career Center, Disability Support Services, Public Safety and Security and the Campus ID office.

Between 1984 and 2003 Robin served as the Director of Academic Support Services for student-athletes at Seton Hall. In 2004 she moved over to Freshman Studies to serve the general first-year student population.

In June, 2010, Robin became Associate Dean of Freshman Studies, and in 2016 she was named Dean. While in Freshman Studies, Robin has especially enjoyed working the Seton Summer Scholars program, the Fast Forward program, and the GEN 1 program for First Generation students. Robin's work in Freshman Studies provides her the opportunity to work closely with students on the tools and strategies they need to be successful not only during their first year but beyond.

Robin graduated from Seton Hall in 1978 with a Bachelor's Degree in English. In 1984, she earned her Master's Degree in Student Personnel Services, and she received her Ed.S. (Educational Specialist) degree in 1996. She was one of the first women to receive an athletic scholarship in 1974 and played three sports during her four years: tennis, basketball and softball. She was the first woman to captain all three teams and to score 1000 points in basketball. Robin was the first woman athlete to have her basketball number retired (1980), and the first woman inducted into the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame (1984).

In 2005 Robin was honored as Seton Hall's Woman of the Year. Robin was also named the Seton Hall University Alumni Association's Humanitarian of the Year in 2008. In 2011 Robin was the recipient of the McQuaid Medal to acknowledge her outstanding service to the University.

Stephen GrahamStephen A. Graham was appointed the University's chief financial officer in 2012. Before that, he served two years as vice president for budget and planning at Pace University in Briarcliff, N.Y. He joined Pace as assistant vice president for internal audit in 2006. In 2008, Mr. Graham received his M.B.A. - summa cum laude - from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he received his B.S. in business administration in 1996. His concentration in both degrees was accounting. He worked in the private sector as a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in Philadelphia, and as a manager at the Siegfried Group, LLP, in Wilmington, Del. He was also an internal audit specialist for five years at the University of Pennsylvania.

Catherine KiernanCatherine A. Kiernan, Esq., joined Seton Hall in 1989 and established the University's first in-house legal department. Since 1997, she has served as vice president and general counsel. Ms. Kiernan manages all of the University's legal affairs. In addition, she has supervisory responsibility for insurance, risk management, compliance and internal audit.

Ms. Kiernan holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Montclair State University, where she graduated magna cum laude. A graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, Ms. Kiernan was an associate editor of the Seton Hall Law Review. She is a member of the bar of the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

She is also a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and the New Jersey State Bar Association. Prior to joining the University, Ms. Kiernan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frederick C. Kentz, III, New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division. She was also in the private practice of law at Whipple, Ross & Hirsch for several years before coming to Seton Hall.

Headshot of Patrick Lyons

Patrick G. Lyons was named Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff on June 10, 2019 and began his tenure on August 1. He oversees Athletics, Facilities and Operations, Human Resources, strategy and the Office of the President.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Lyons served for eight years as the University’s Vice President for Athletics and Recreational Services. In that role, he led the University through a period of remarkable success in competition, academics, infrastructure growth and conference realignment, thereby enhancing the college experience for Seton Hall's 14 NCAA Division I athletics programs and the student body as a whole.

Lyons transformed Seton Hall’s athletic facilities through the Pride & Excellence Campaign, a fundraising initiative of the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund, that directly led to new state-of-the-art spaces, including an academic center, fitness center, sports medicine center, varsity weight room, film room, golf lab, locker rooms for all varsity sports and a new lobby in the Richie Regan Athletic and Recreation Center that features the interactive Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame.

Seton Hall student-athletes’ collective grade-point average reached an all-time high, and they enjoyed renewed success on the field while competing in the BIG EAST, one of the most historic and successful conferences in the nation.

Mr. Lyons arrived at Seton Hall after spending seven years as Iona College's Director of Athletics, establishing its department as one of the top programs in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He was the chief administrator for the Gaels' 21 NCAA Division I athletics programs.

In 1999, he earned his master's degree in teaching from Iona and earned an M.B.A. from the Hagan School of Business in 2004. Lyons has also served as an adjunct professor in the biology department at Iona and the Sports Business Management program at Manhattanville College.

Mr. Lyons is married to the former Rachel Cintolo, who is a member of the faculty at Rutgers University.

Alyssa McCloud, Ph.D., has served as the vice president for enrollment management at Seton Hall since August 1, 2011 after having served in the same capacity at Drew University for two years, where she held an executive cabinet-level position and oversaw undergraduate admissions, retention and financial aid. Over 20 years ago, she began her career in higher education assisting with the operation, recruitment and marketing of study abroad programs for the Council on International Educational Exchange. She was sent by CIEE to Thailand to open a branch office and secure government contracts. Then she assisted with the launch of the first American university campus in Thailand, Webster University, where she oversaw the admission and recruitment operations. Dr. McCloud returned to the States and began working at Seton Hall in the admissions office; after a short tenure she became the director and remained in that role for six years. She then became the director of International Programs for a year. Upon leaving Seton Hall she joined Felician College as vice president for enrollment management, overseeing undergraduate admissions, adult and graduate admissions, marketing and publications, financial aid, student information systems, institutional research and international student services. She holds a B.A. in humanities with a concentration in philosophy from Antioch College, as well as two graduate degrees from Seton Hall, an corporate and public communications (2004) and a Ph.D. in higher educational leadership, management and policy (2009). Dr. McCloud is an active member of the Enrollment management community and currently serves on the College Board's Admissions Advisory Board, has presented at several conferences, written articles relating to college admission that have been featured in the Huffington Post and Private Colleges and Universities Magazine. She has been featured in many media outlets, appearing on Fox Business, Good Day New York and with citation in the Star Ledger, Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Anthony ZiccardiC. Anthony Ziccardi, S.T.D., was born in Italy, and his family emigrated to the United States when he was a boy. He grew up in East Orange, New Jersey, and after graduation from Seton Hall with a B.A. in sociology and a master of divinity degree, he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark. Subsequently, he received a licentiate in sacred Scripture (S.S.L.) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a doctoral degree in biblical theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University, also in Rome.

As an academic, Monsignor Ziccardi has served as a faculty member at Seton Hall's Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and as the school's associate dean. He is the author of The Relationship of Jesus and the Kingdom of God in Luke-Acts (Gregorian University Press), and his articles and book reviews have been published in The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, Chicago Studies and Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He is currently the University's vice president for mission and ministry, as well as the secretary-designee of the board of regents.  As a priest, he has served as secretary to the archbishop and as pro-rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica in Newark. He has served as parochial vicar in a number of parishes throughout the archdiocese.

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