Dr. Katia Passerini, Ph.D., has been appointed Provost and Executive Vice President (EVP) of Seton Hall University. Dr. Passerini currently serves 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 New York. She will officially begin her new position on July 1.
“Dr. Passerini has extensive experience in higher education leadership, having served as the dean of two colleges,” said Seton Hall University President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “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,” he continued.
As the chief academic officer of the Collins College at St. John’s, Dr. Passerini is responsible for strategic and operational planning, faculty and staff recruitment, academic program, curriculum development and fundraising. During her tenure as dean, she grew enrollment at the College, launched an array of new academic programs and increased student retention. She also served on several senior-level committees, including the President’s Advisory Committee; Provost Committee on Academic Prioritization; the Academic Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee and the Academic Technology Governance Committee.
Dr. Passerini's experience
Previously, Dr. Passerini served as the interim dean and then dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). 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.
Dr. Passerini earned a doctoral degree in Information and Decision Systems from George Washington University; a Master’s degree in economics 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.
“Having been raised in Italy and later serving as a consultant to the World Bank, Dr. Passerini will bring a global perspective to her leadership role at Seton Hall,” noted President Nyre. “In addition, she has strong connections to New Jersey, through her leadership as dean of the Honors College at NJIT.”
The Provost/EVP at Seton Hall serves as a member of the Executive Cabinet and will collaborate with faculty and staff to further develop a solid research agenda; build partnerships across disciplines; recruit, retain and develop a strong faculty and strengthen resource acquisition in support of academic programs.
“I look forward to advancing Seton Hall’s already strong commitment to world-class academics and scholarship,” said Dr. 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.”