Seton Hall University

Executive Cabinet

Matthew Borowick '89/MBA '94Matthew Borowick '89/MBA '94 was appointed inaugural vice president of the Division of University Relations in November 2020. The division includes the departments of Government Relations and Public Relations and Marketing, responsible for developing compelling communications and working with local, state, and national government officials.

After 10 years in the banking industry, including the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Borowick joined Seton Hall in 1999. He established the Department of Government Relations, helping to shape higher education legislation and securing over $90 million for university priorities since then.

He 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.

Previously, Borowick served as Seton Hall’s interim vice president of the Division of University Advancement with responsibility to lead Seton Hall’s advancement services, alumni relations, development, marketing, communications, and government relations.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and MBA in Finance, both from Seton Hall.

Kimberly CapadonaKimberly A. Capadona '98/J.D. '01 was appointed to General Counsel of Seton Hall University in April 2020. Kimberly, who specializes in labor and employment law, is a former partner of Archer & Greiner, P.C. Her broad range of experience includes nationwide representation of employers in wage and hour matters, injunctions, and employment discrimination and harassment claims involving sex, race, age, religion or handicap. She has served as President of the Seton Hall University Alumni Board of Directors and as a member of the Board of Regents.

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Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D., a national leader in academic, co-curricular and multicultural student development, was appointed Vice President of Student Services on October 14, 2019. Cooper-Gibson previously served as the Assistant Provost for Student Academic Services at Loyola University Chicago.

As Assistant Provost at Loyola University Chicago, Cooper-Gibson oversaw academic support services including First and Second Year Advising, the Career Development Center, TRiO Student Support Services and academic assistance programs. She also served as Co-Chair of the Council for Student Success and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education as well as assisting the university in reaching its retention and student success goals.

She previously served as the Dean of Students of the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago, Director of African American Student Affairs at Northwestern University, Assistant Director of the Student Activities Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Assistant Dean of the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. 

Cooper-Gibson earned a doctoral degree of education from Boston University, master of education degree from National Louis University and bachelor of science degree from University of Illinois.  

The Vice President for Student Services serves as a member of the Executive Cabinet and provides critical leadership and guidance to facilitate decision making in all matters relating to student welfare. At Seton Hall, Cooper-Gibson will oversee a wide array of student support and academic programs including the Academic Resource Center, Career Center, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Freshman Studies, Health Services, Housing and Residence Life, and Public Safety and Security. 

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.

Father Colin KayRev. Colin Adrian Kay, M.Div.’05, was appointed Interim Vice President for Mission and Ministry in September of 2020. Born in the city of Newark and raised right beside the University’s South Orange campus, he attended Seton Hall Prep and later Columbia University, where he earned a B.A. in Latin.

After four years of service in the military and seven years of contemplative life in a Carthusian monastery, he completed his studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark.

Father Kay served in parish ministry and in high school chaplaincy before being appointed Director of Campus Ministry at Seton Hall, a position he continues to hold. His work in Campus Ministry focuses on the pastoral and spiritual needs of students, staff and faculty on the South Orange campus. In the Office of Mission and Ministry, Father Kay seeks to ensure, promote, and support the mission of Seton Hall in the University’s ministry outreaches and in all its many efforts.

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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.

Photo of Alyssa McCloudAlyssa McCloud, Ph.D., has served as the vice president for enrollment management at Seton Hall since August 1, 2011 and was promoted to Sr. Vice President for enrollment management in July 2018. Dr. McCloud oversees Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Enrollment Services Information Systems and Enrollment Services Communications and Marketing.

During Dr. McCloud’s tenure she has led Seton Hall to tremendous enrollment success, resulting in a 20% increase in undergraduate enrollment and most recently the three largest classes in university history at 1,451 in 2017, 1,523 in 2018 and 1,633 in 2019. Simultaneously, the University has raised its SAT average nearly 100 points while continuing to attract a diverse student body that is nearly 45% students of color, 25% Pell eligible and 28% first-generation.

Dr. McCloud is an active member of the Enrollment management community has served on the College Board's Admissions Advisory Board, has provided executive management training for University CFOs through the NACUBO leadership program as well as future Enrollment leaders as part of the College Board’s Leadership Academy. Dr. McCloud created the model financial aid shopping sheet that was adopted state-wide by the state of New Jersey and was praised for creating a transparent financial aid experience for students. She has presented at numerous 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.

Dr. McCloud previously served as vice president for enrollment at Drew University and Felician College. Prior to these positions, she served as director of the office of admissions and international programs at Seton Hall. Prior to this she worked for Webster University in Bangkok Thailand assisting to open the first American University in Thailand and at the Council on International Educational Exchange in New York and Bangkok, Thailand.

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).

Picture of Michele NelsonMichele L. Nelson, Ph.D.,, was appointed as Vice President for Board Affairs and University Strategy in August 2020. Michele comes to Seton Hall from Iona College, where she served as the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Services and Assistant Board Secretary. Michele was a member of the leadership team in the Division of Student Life with responsibility over Residential Life and off-campus and commuter students as well as neighborhood relations. At Seton Hall she will plan, coordinate, streamline, and support the work of the Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees. Likewise, she will oversee the development, implementation and measurement of the University’s Strategic Plan. Michele earned a doctorate in Faith-Based Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Fordham University in 2017. She also earned an M.S.Ed from Fordham in 2009 and a bachelor’s in English literature from Wagner College. She is moving to Nutley, NJ with husband, Donny and their toddler son, DC.

Jon Paparsenos '99Jon Paparsenos is the Vice President, University Advancement at Seton Hall University. He provides leadership and oversight over the University’s fundraising and alumni efforts and serves as the institutions chief fundraising officer. Jon brings more than 17 years’ experience in the planning and execution of fundraising campaigns and building high performing Advancement teams.

Prior to Seton Hall, Jon served as the Vice President for Philanthropy and CEO UNSW Foundation at UNSW Sydney in Australia, with Caltech (the California Institute of Technology), with Marquette University in Wisconsin and with Community Counseling Co., LLC in New York.

Jon is an active volunteer for CASE serving as chair and a member of faculty for the CASE APIEF Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

Jon came to philanthropy following an eight-year service with the US Marine Corps. Jon holds a BA from Seton Hall University. He is a fluent Greek speaker and emigrated from Greece at the age of 18 to the United States.

Headshot of Katia PasseriniKatia Passerini, Ph.D., a nationally recognized knowledge management scholar with extensive higher education experience, was appointed the Provost and Executive Vice President at Seton Hall University in February 2020. 

Previously, Passerini served as the Lesley H. and William L. Collins Distinguished Chair and Dean of the Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies at St. John's University.  As the chief academic officer of the Collins College, the largest undergraduate college at St. John's, Passerini was responsible for strategic and operational planning, faculty and staff recruitment, academic program and curriculum development, and fundraising. During her tenure as dean, she grew enrollment at the College, launched an array of new academic programs, and raised student retention and success to new heights. She also served on several senior-level committees, including the President's Advisory Committee; Provost Committee on Academic Prioritization; the Academic Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee; and the Academic Technology Governance Committee.

Prior to St. John’s University, Passerini served as the interim dean and then dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). In this position, she served as the college's chief academic officer and was responsible for strategic planning, operational management and business process improvement, student recruitment and fundraising. At NJIT, she also served as a full professor and the Hurlburt Chair of Management Information Systems in the Martin Tuchman School of Management.

Passerini earned a doctoral degree in Information and Decision Systems from George Washington University, a master's degree in economics (equivalent) from the University of Rome II -Tor Vergata, a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University, where she was a Fulbright and Bank of Rome Scholar, and a combined bachelor's/master's degree in political science from LUISS University in Rome.

As the Provost/EVP and Seton Hall’s chief academic officer, Passerini coordinates the efforts of a Senior Associate Provost who co-facilitates the administration of academic programs and management of the Division of Academic Affairs; an Associate Provost with responsibility for strategic planning, accreditation and assessment; an Associate Provost for Strategy and Finance; and an Associate Provost for Academic and Graduate Affairs and Institutional Research. Additionally, the deans of the 10 colleges and schools, library, and the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies report to Passerini.