President Emeritus Sheeran

Accomplishment and Initiatives

  • Greater national, regional and state reputation for Seton Hall University, and increased emphasis on internationalization through student and faculty exchanges, study abroad, ACE Internationalization Lab to foster new programs.
  • Strongest financial position for University in its 153-year history
    • Raised record sum in Sesquicentennial capital campaign: $153 million.
    • Quadrupled Seton Hall’s endowment from $68 million in 12 years and increased annual operating revenues by $90 M.
  • Dramatic increase in the quality of undergraduate students.
    • The average SAT for an incoming freshman has increased by over 97 points.
    • In 1995, 13 percent of the class came from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. Today, it is 25 percent.
  • Increase in the size of the freshman class by more 250 (approximately 19 percent). Eight percent increase in the number of undergraduate students over first 12 years of presidency.
  • Positive assessment by Middle States. Middle States stated that Seton Hall is "a far better academic institution today than it was 10 years ago."
  • A student body that is significantly more diverse.
    • In 1995, 90 percent of the freshman class was local and only 22 states were represented.  Today, the local percent is just 82 haling from 34 states.
    • In the entire student body has representatives from all 50 states and more than 60 countries are represented.
  • Quickly established itself as a national leader in academic computing.
    • Received the 1999 EDUCAUSE Award for Excellence in Campus Networking and the 2000 EDUCAUSE Award for Outstanding Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Stronger national reputation as evidenced by increase in peer assessment by U.S.News and World Report. From 150-160 years ago to 120-130 rank today.
  • Establishment of the Whitehead School of Diplomacy which has quickly distinguished itself as a premiere school with a unique relationship with the United Nations Association.
  • Law School, with its innovative curriculum and specialized programs in health law, corporate law and governance, public interest and intellectual property, continues to recruit the highest caliber professors and students. Its Health Law & Policy program also is rated as among the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Launched new academic programs including Sport Management, Museum Management, Joint JD/MA Law, Diplomacy, PhD in Molecular Biology, MBA with concentration in Sport Management.
  • Strengthened Seton Hall's Catholic character in numerous ways, including programs that directly benefit the Catholic Church in New Jersey and others which foster the faith development and servant leadership of our students (two $2 million grants from Lily Endowment).
    • Established Office of Mission and Ministry
    • Thriving seminary and theological study programs with increasing numbers of seminarians and graduate students
    • Campus Ministry and Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) increasing student involvement in Church and outreach
  • Strengthened SHU's relationships with State and Federal leaders, leading to major appropriations from the State and Federal Government enabling the University to secure $1.5 million over the last three years to support the Science and Technology Center.
  • In 2004, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Stillman School of Business among the top ten undergraduate programs nationwide at Catholic Colleges.
  • Renovation of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, originally built in 1863, to secure the structure of the worship space that is considered the spiritual heart of the campus.
  • Renovation of student dining facilities to expand choices, increase efficiency of service and provide healthier menu items for all.
  • Following the Boland Hall fire, led the nation in fire safety standards leading to new fire safety laws in New Jersey.
  • $35 million Science and Technology Center opened in September 2007.
  • Roll-out of a new core curriculum for undergraduates beginning in Fall 2007 as suggested by Middle States and our Strategic Plan.
  • Following successful Sesquicentennial Strategic Plan, new plan is being drafted for presentation to University’s Board of Regents later in 2009.
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