On February 23, 2017, Dr. Mary Meehan, a national leader in higher education and health care, was named interim president of Seton Hall effective April 11, 2017. The University Board of Regents appointed Meehan after Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban decided to step down from the presidency.
"Dr. Meehan is an experienced and talented leader with a true passion for Seton Hall and a shared commitment to our Catholic mission," said Patrick Murray, chairman of the Board of Regents.
In 2016 Meehan stepped down as president of Alverno College, a prominent Catholic women's college in Milwaukee, Wis. By the end of her tenure, Alverno was ranked among the top regional universities in the Midwest in the "Most Innovative Schools" category by U.S. News & World Report.
Before assuming the leadership of Averno, Meehan served at Seton Hall as Vice President and Assistant to the President from 1996 to 2001 and Executive Vice President for Administration from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade as a healthcare executive with St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, N.J. and St. Vincent's Medical Center in Harrison, N.Y. A Seton Hall alumna, she holds three degrees from the University as well as a master's degree from New York Medical College.
"I am thrilled and energized to return to Seton Hall at this exciting moment in its history," Meehan said. "The faculty, staff, students and alumni make this a special place, and I am confident that, working together, we will continue to advance this great University and its Catholic mission."
His Eminence Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the Archbishop of Newark, in his role as Chair of the Seton Hall Board of Trustees and President of the Board of Regents said, "I am delighted to welcome Dr. Meehan back to Seton Hall and thank her for agreeing to serve in this important role to help ensure a seamless transition to the next chapter of leadership for the University."