Provost Office Staff
Erik Lillquist, J.D.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President
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. He 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.
As Seton Hall University's Vice Provost for Academics and Catholic Identity, Monsignor Reilly leads strategic decisions of the University Core and works to achieve broader participation from across the University. He supervises the Director of Core Studies in implementing the strategy through the Core Offices, the Core Fellows and in collaboration with the University Core Committees. Monsignor Reilly works with the faith-based and mission-based Centers, Institutes and Directors.
John Buschman, D.L.S.
Associate Provost for Research and Innovation and
Dean of University Libraries
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.
Associate Provost for Academic and Graduate Affairs
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, he 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.
Kurt W. Rotthoff, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Strategy and Finance
Presidents Hall 117
Kurt W. Rotthoff is the Interim Associate Provost for Strategy and Finance. In that role, he focuses on academic administration in the areas of University policy, budget and finance, human resources, and long-term strategies. Dr. Rotthoff 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. Dr. Rotthoff focuses on using data-driven outcomes to assess projects for the strategic use of university resources.
Mary Kate Naatus, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost and Dean of Continuing and Professional Education
Mary Kate 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.
Interim Vice President for Board Affairs and University Strategy and Assistant Provost
Presidents Hall 111
Amy Newcombe plans, coordinates, streamlines and supports the work of the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees. She oversees the implementation of Harvest Our Treasures and communicates Board Affairs initiatives to the University. Amy is responsible for faculty development, interests and welfare. In collaboration with the University's schools and colleges, she supports the standardization of policies that support academic excellence, advances the University's academic and strategic plan initiatives and supports the Catholic mission. Additionally, she assists in drafting responses on matters of academic policy, procedure, resolutions of the faculty senate and grievance appeals.
Sona Patel, Ph.D.
Interim Assistant Provost of Academic Excellence and Assessment
(973) 313 -6081
Sona Patel leads various strategic initiatives to promote academic excellence and continuous improvement across our university community. Academic excellence, under her guidance, embodies the pursuit of exceptional educational experiences, meaningful student learning outcomes and the development of innovative and impactful research. She collaborates with faculty to address challenges, recognize excellence and facilitate effective communication, ensuring that academic excellence is not just a goal, but a tangible outcome achieved through diligent assessment and evidence-based decision-making. As a key member of the Middle States Steering Committee, she also plays an instrumental role in the university's accreditation process.
Special Advisors to the Provost
Jamie Pukl-Werbel, J.D.
Special Advisor to the Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
Presidents Hall 321
Jamie Pukl-Werbel leads various strategic initiatives to promote academic policy and procedures across the university. Jamie works with members of the Academic Affairs team on branding, shaping, and communicating the vision and message of the Provost’s Office; and works with the Faculty Senate and members of the Academic Affairs team on the faculty guide project. Additionally, she assists in drafting responses on matters of academic policy, procedure, resolutions of the faculty senate, and grievance appeals. Jamie is also the Assistant Dean of Experiential Education at Seton Hall University School of Law.
Anna Calka, Ph.D.
Director of Advising and Technology Integration
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.
Caryn Grabowski, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Director of Experiental Learning
The Director of Experiential Learning drives the expansion and advances the quality of experiential learning opportunities in alignment with the strategic plan and mission. In these efforts, the Director collaborates with the Center for Faculty Development, Office of International Programs, Office of Grants and Research Services, the Career Center and members of the Schools and Colleges to help create, implement, improve and publicize experiential learning endeavors across the University.
Bernadette McVey, M.A.
Executive Director of Academic Affairs
The Executive Director of Academic Affairs manages and executes high-level support to the Office of Board Affairs. 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.
Kaerielle Larsen, M.B.A.
Special Projects Coordinator
The Special Projects Coordinator plays a pivotal role in planning, managing, and enhancing a diverse array of programs, projects, and events that support academic initiatives. She collaborates closely with the Director of Advising and Technology Integration, overseeing administrative responsibilities for essential platforms such as CourseLeaf and Faculty Success. In addition, she works in partnership with the Interim Assistant Provost of Academic Excellence and Assessment, contributing to the facilitation of the Academies initiative and ensuring the university's academic assessment processes remain robust and effective.