Seton Hall names provost to oversee implementation of new academic system

Seton Hall University has named a new provost and executive vice president, it announced Friday.

The South Orange-based college said Katia Passerini assumed her new post as chief academic officer that day — nearly a month ahead of schedule — after serving as dean of the Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies, part of St. John’s University.

“I am eager to start my tenure at Seton Hall University at such an important time,” she said in a prepared statement. “Our nation is facing many local and global challenges. This is exactly when the strong, value-rich foundations of our community — our belief in service and sacrifice for the betterment of society, and our strong faith and tradition — serve as the compass for our decision-making as we plan for the reopening, rejoicing and we build together our way forward.”

Passerini, who also served as the Collins distinguished chair at St. John’s largest undergraduate college, succeeds Karen Boroff, who had been interim provost for more than three years. She will be tasked with bringing the HyFlex teaching modality to the college’s classroom instruction, ensuring in-person, reduced-density learning as well as quality remote instruction.

“I welcome Dr. Passerini to Seton Hall,” President Joseph Nyre said in a statement. “She is the right person to lead the academy of Seton Hall as we actively plan to welcome students back to campus in August and commence our HyFlex learning model. Her wide experience, faith and moral compass will prove central in helping lead our university through these unprecedented times.”

Passerini also has served as dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College at New Jersey Institute of Technology during her academic and professional career. She has a doctorate in information and decision systems from George Washington University.

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