Former Saint Peter’s business school dean, Naatus, to join Seton Hall as assistant provost

Seton Hall University on Tuesday said it will welcome Mary Kate Naatus to the position of assistant provost and dean of continuing and professional education, effective Jan. 3, 2023.

In this role, Naatus will be responsible for the recently reorganized Division of Continuing and Professional Education. As dean, she will oversee the development and implementation of divisional goals, including expansion of online programming, growth of programmatic offerings, creation of strategic domestic and international partnerships and optimization of summer offerings with expected growth.

Naatus comes to Seton Hall from Saint Peter’s University, where she has served for 12 years, including the last five as KPMG Dean of the Frank J. Guarini School of Business. She is the founding director of the Ignite Institute at Saint Peter’s, a center of excellence that cultivates entrepreneurship and community partnerships that benefit local nonprofits and businesses.

“I am thrilled Dean Naatus will be joining Seton Hall,” Katia Passerini, provost and executive vice president, said. “She brings more than two decades of college teaching and broad experience leading online and hybrid courses, as well as immersion and service courses in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Naatus earned a B.A. in journalism from The College of New Jersey; an MBA from New Jersey Institute of Technology; and a Ph.D. in global affairs with a concentration in international management from Rutgers University.