Seton Hall celebrates investiture of 21st president

Seton Hall University announced on Friday it celebrated the investiture of Joseph E. Nyre as its 21st president.

The investiture, which took place on the university’s South Orange campus, officially welcomed Nyre who was appointed by the university’s board of regents in February and took office on Aug. 1.

In his address, he reaffirmed Seton Hall’s commitment to fostering education and his plans for launching a new strategic planning process.

“We must turn shared planning into shared action. Embrace innovation. Adapt in a way that makes Seton Hall more nimble and advance the health of the university as a whole. As our strategic plan takes shape and ultimately takes flight, Seton Hall will rise to new heights,”  Nyre said.

“It has become clear that Joe Nyre was not just the best, but the perfect choice to lead us into a new era of achievement. He brings to Seton Hall impeccable credentials as an eminent scholar and foremost academic leader. He possesses a deep understanding of the ideals of our founder, Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, to create a home for the mind, heart and spirit and to show the world what great minds can do to advance the cause of servant leadership,” Patrick M. Murray, chair of the board of regents and who presided over the ceremony, said.

Attendees included former presidents and chancellors of the school; hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, regents, trustees, government and business officials; and representatives from institutions throughout the nation.

“On behalf of the Archdiocese, I welcome President Nyre and his wonderful family to our community of faith,” said Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, chair of Seton Hall’s board of trustees, said. “I look forward to working with him to advance Seton Hall among the nation’s leading Catholic universities, and to create an ever-greater vibrancy within our Church.”