Seton Hall University

Provost Office Staff

Katia PasseriniKatia Passerini, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President
(973) 761-9655
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Leads the Academic Affairs areas of the University. Activities include strategic, operational, and resource planning for the University Schools and Colleges, in alignment with the University Strategic plan and in collaborations with the Deans and key university stakeholders. She is responsible for academic resources management, faculty hiring, development, and professional success; academic programs quality; research and innovation activities; academic policies and processes; partnership development locally, nationally, and internationally.

Associate Provosts

Dean John BuschmanJohn Buschman, D.L.S.
Associate Provost for Research and Innovation and
Dean of University Libraries
(973) 761-9019

Oversees the Office of Grants and Research Services with a focus on achieving higher grants and research outcomes and deploying the affordances of technology for efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in pursuit of grant support. Promotes partnerships with Deans and outside agencies for the same goal.  Undertakes other initiatives to promote faculty accomplishments.

Christopher Cuccia, Ed.D.Christopher Cuccia, Ed.D.
Associate Provost for Academic and Graduate Affairs
Presidents Hall
(973) 761-7554

Dr. Christopher Cuccia is the Associate Provost for Academic and Graduate Affairs, and Institutional Research. From the outset of his tenure with the University in November of 2014, he has contributed to promoting the operational efficiency, compliance, and reporting infrastructures in the Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President. Presently, Dr. Cuccia heads the Office of Graduate Affairs. In this capacity, he ultimately oversees all aspects of graduate application processing and systems administration, spearheads graduate analyses and reporting, and collaborates with the faculty on the conceptualization and development of new programs. In addition, he provides strategic leadership and direction to the Offices of Institutional Research and International Programs and leads or contributes to a variety of other projects and committees within Academic Affairs.

Erik LillquistErik Lillquist, J.D.
Associate Provost for Strategy and Finance
(973) 275-4811

Erik Lillquist is the Associate Provost for Strategy & Finance. In that role, he focuses on academic administration in the areas of University policy, budget and finance, human resources, and long-term strategy. Professor Lillquist provides financial and budgetary oversight for all of the centers and units that report through the Provost's Office, including all of the Colleges and Schools of the University. He also coordinates with the Department of Human Resources on employment policies and personnel matters for all academic areas, and he works with the College and Schools of the University in assessing their hiring needs and coordinating their faculty hiring. In addition, he works with the Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs on the development and revision of academic policies, including the Faculty Guides. Professor Lillquist also provides counsel to the Provost on other matters, including issues related to technology and intellectual property.

Jonathan Farina 222 picJonathan Farina, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Assessment
208 Presidents Hall
(973) 761-9359

Dr. Jonathan Farina is Professor of English and Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Assessment. In his role as Associate Provost, he supports the growth of our undergraduate degree-granting and special programs, and leads accreditation, program review, and assessment coordination efforts at the University. Dr. Farina works with the deans in the colleges to ensure students have sufficient courses and excellent co-curricular academic experiences to help new undergraduate degree programs emerge and existing ones to thrive. Finally, he works with the Academic Affairs team to implement the Strategic Plan and promote academic excellence.

Assistant Provosts

Mary Kate Naatus, Ph.D.Mary Kate Naatus, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost and Dean of Continuing and Professional Education

Dr. Naatus is responsible for the development and implementation of the vision for Continuing Education, including the expansion of online programming, development of programmatic offerings, creation of strategic domestic and international partnerships and optimization of summer offerings.

Amy F. Newcombe, J.D.Amy F. Newcombe, J.D.
Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs
111 Presidents Hall
(973) 275-2480

The Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs reports directly to the Provost and is responsible for faculty development, interests, and welfare. In collaboration with the University's schools and colleges, the Assistant Provost supports the standardization of policies that support academic excellence, advances the University's academic and strategic plan initiatives, and supports the Catholic mission. The Centers report to the Assistant Provost; and with the Associate Provost for Strategy and Finance, the Assistant Provost oversees the Director of the Core. The Assistant Provost assist in drafting responses on matters of academic policy, procedure, resolutions of the faculty senate, and grievance appeals.

Special Advisors to the Provost

Photo of Rev. Dr. Forrest PritchettRev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett
Senior Adviser to Provost on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Presidents Hall
(973) 275-2363

Advises the Provost and works collaboratively with the Deans, Office of Mission and Ministry and the Student Services Division on issues and programming in multicultural affairs, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Implements relevant and innovative academic initiatives.

Kurt RotthoffKurt W. Rotthoff, Ph.D.
Special Advisor to the Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
325 Presidents Hall
(973) 761-9102

Dr. Kurt W. Rotthoff is a Special Advisor to the Provost for Institutional Effectiveness. Dr. Rotthoff focuses on providing data-driven reports to help optimize the university's resources with strategic and management decisions. He also assists the Associate Provost for Academic and Graduate Affairs and the Associate Provost for Strategy and Finance. Additionally, he works with the Dean of Continuing Education and Professional Studies with data for that school and helping the dean with her strategic future.   

Dr. Rotthoff is also a Professor of Economics and Finance in the Stillman School of Business. His research interests include applied microeconomics, financial economics, and industrial organization, with a focus on the application of economics and finance to the sports industry and the economics of education. He holds a B.S. from Westminster College (PA), and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Clemson University (SC).


Anna Calka, Ph.D.Anna Calka, Ph.D.
Director of Advising and Technology Integration
(973) 313-6314

The Director of Advising and Technology Integration manages institutional efforts to promote student success, retention, and persistence to graduation. Specifically, managing the implementation and utilization of new advising software, catalogue curriculum change process in coordination with student services.

Bernadette McVey, M.A.Bernadette McVey, M.A.
Director of Academic Events, Initiatives and Planning
(973) 761-9655

The Director of Academic Events, Initiatives, and Planning manages and executes high-level academic events. This position plays a critical role in helping to advance academic initiatives and projects, ensure smooth day-to-day operations, and foster collaboration and coordination among the administrative staff of the Provost's and President's office. This position deals with all academics, including facilitating the Rank and Tenure process.

Christine M. Yarwood, M.B.A.Christine M. Yarwood, M.B.A.
Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator
(973) 761-9018

Christine Yarwood is the Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator to the Provost/EVP. Christine provides extensive administrative support to the Provost and the Office of the Provost. She is a key liaison between the provost and all constituents, stakeholders and direct reports for key communications. Other key responsibilities include facilitating projects and assignments to meet goals and objectives warranted by the Provost.