Katia Passerini is the new provost and executive vice president at Seton Hall University, effective June 5.
She was appointed in February and originally scheduled to take her post July 1.
“I am eager to start my tenure at Seton Hall University at such an important time. Our nation is facing many local and global challenges,” said Passerini in a statement. “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 will lead university efforts to bring the HyFlex teaching modality to classroom instruction, a hybrid learning model that allows for flexibility and the options of attending sessions in the classroom, participating online, or doing both.
Passerini will help train faculty this summer.
“I welcome Dr. Passerini to Seton Hall. 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,” said Seton Hall University President Joseph Nyre in a statement.
“Her wide experience, faith and moral compass will prove central in helping lead our University through these unprecedented times. I am confident she will play a major role in advancing the University’s reputation as a premier learning institution while redefining what a Catholic higher education can achieve,” Nyre said.
Prior to Seton Hall University, Passerini served as the Lesley H. and William L. Collins distinguished chair and dean of the Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University in Queens.
“Seton Hall University is so fortunate to have such a gifted leader serve as provost,” said Karen Boroff, who has served as interim provost at Seton Hall for the past three and a half years. “In the several weeks of transition, Provost Passerini has steeped herself in learning of the essential Catholic character of Seton Hall University and how that informs strategies and supporting operations. She has boundless energy as she helps us all navigate the return to campus this fall, and for implementing the vision inspired by the University’s strategic plan.”