A nationally recognized leader in higher education and healthcare administration, Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., is the 21st president of Seton Hall University. He assumed the presidency on August 1, 2019, after serving eight years as president of Iona University, a Roman Catholic institution in New Rochelle, New York.
Raised in Beloit, Wisconsin, President Nyre is a U.S. Naval veteran and first-generation college graduate who attained three advanced degrees and completed pre- and post-doctoral studies at the University of Missouri, University of Kansas and Harvard Medical School. Drawing on his own experience, President Nyre often discusses the “power of the place to change destinations and transform lives” and the important role of every faculty member and employee in this pursuit. He notes, “From the groundskeeper who attends to the beauty of the green to the faculty member who attends to the beauty of the mind, we all play a vital role in transforming lives.”
A student-focused servant-leader, President Nyre has a demonstrated record of elevating institutions by engaging students, faculty, staff and governing boards in shared visioning, planning, execution and governance. This orientation has produced a history of building cultures centered on student engagement and success, elevating institutional academic distinction and increasing college affordability.
Mindful of the changing higher education landscape, President Nyre has substantial experience in leading high-performing teams to reduce tuition dependency, strengthen institutional fiscal health, embrace diversity and inclusion, and fundraise for key institutional initiatives. Collectively, at each institution he has led, his teams have achieved record levels of fundraising for academic innovation, student financial scholarships and physical campus transformation.
Active in the higher education community, he has served on numerous boards and currently serves the boards of: the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey; the New Jersey President’s Council; the BIG EAST Athletic Conference; Hackensack Meridian Health; and, Seton Hall University.
Prior to serving as president of multiple institutions, President Nyre practiced as a psychologist in academic, clinical and private practice settings while serving at several institutions, including Baylor University, the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Through his leadership in higher education and health care, President Nyre is highly regarded in developmental psychopathology, system innovation and public policy reform, garnering more than $44 million in extramural funding in support of these respective interests.
President Nyre and his wife, the former Kelli McIntyre, have four children and reside in New Jersey.