Seton Hall University appointed knowledge management scholar Katia Passerini as provost and executive vice president effective July 1.
Karen Boroff will continue to serve as interim provost until that time, and will then take a sabbatical and return to the faculty of the Stillman School of Business.
Passerini is currently the distinguished chair and dean of the Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University. She was selected following a national search led by a committee that included representatives from the student body, priest community, faculty and administration. Professor Jonathan Farina, chair of the Faculty Senate, served as chair of the search committee.
“Dr. Passerini has extensive experience in higher education leadership, having served as the dean of two colleges,” Seton Hall University President Joseph Nyre said. “As a highly regarded scholar and educator, she will play a key role in building on our university’s academic excellence; advancing diversity, inclusivity and equity; cultivating a student-focused learning environment and further integrating the Catholic intellectual tradition across the varied disciplines of the university.”
As the chief academic officer of the Collins College, Passerini is responsible for strategic and operational planning, faculty and staff recruitment, academic programs, curriculum development, and fundraising. During her tenure as dean, she grew enrollment at the college, launched new academic programs, and raised student retention and success to new heights.
Passerini also served as interim dean, and then dean, of the Albert Dorman Honors College at New Jersey Institute of Technology. In this position, she served as the college’s chief academic officer and was responsible for strategic planning, operational management and business process improvement, student recruitment and fundraising. At NJIT, she also served as a full professor and the Hurlburt chair of Management Information Systems in the Martin Tuchman School of Management.
Passerini earned a doctoral degree in Information and Decision Systems from George Washington University, a master’s degree in economics (equivalent) from the University of Rome II -Tor Vergata, a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University, where she was a Fulbright and Bank of Rome Scholar, and a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree in political science from LUISS University in Rome.
“I look forward to advancing Seton Hall’s already strong commitment to world-class academics and scholarship,” said Passerini. “This is a transformative institution, a place that nurtures great minds and exemplifies what higher education can achieve. I am inspired by the work that occurs here and look forward to joining this vibrant University community.”