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Many Are One Gala Honors Legacy of President Mary J. Meehan  

On June 8 more than 350 members of the Seton Hall community came together to recognize Setonians who positively contribute to the world through servant leadership.

The 33rd annual Many Are One gala celebrated a lifetime of leadership for outgoing Seton Hall Interim President Mary J. Meehan '72/M.A. '74/Ph.D. '01. During President Meehan's tenure, among other accomplishments, Seton Hall welcomed its largest freshman class in history, achieved one of the highest graduation rates among national universities for Black and Hispanic students in the country, rose to 25th in the nation for social mobility, increased the giving rate of graduating seniors from 12% to 60% and of undergraduate alumni from 8.3 to 10.2%.

 Former Seton Hall President Robert Sheeran,Dr.Mary Meehan and Cardinal JosephTobin pose for a picture In addition, President Meehan oversaw the construction and completion of Bethany Hall; the new Interprofessional Health Sciences campus in Clifton and Nutley; and the opening of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall. Working with the Office of the Provost, she also started the Buccino Leadership Institute, a University-wide interdisciplinary program patterned on the successful Stillman program and designed to cultivate the next generation of ethical servant leaders.

In her remarks, President Meehan reflected on her Seton Hall career—both as a student and an administrator: "My career has been one filled with joy, and at times challenge, but at every step Seton Hall was a guiding force," Meehan said. "From a life-changing internship as a senior, to serving on a Seton Hall advisory board when I was a hospital CEO, Seton Hall has shown me the way. Perhaps no influence other than my faith has been as profound as my relationship with Seton Hall."

After her term as interim president ends, Meehan will return to where her Seton Hall career began: the classroom. Meehan will join the faculty of the College of Education and Human Services in the fall of 2019.

Group photo with Dr. Mary MeehanOther honorees at Many Are One included alumni from each college and school of the University.

Centerpiece at Many Are OneThe Many Are One gala celebrates the legacy of servant leadership at Seton Hall and helps to ensure the education of future students through the Many Are One Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund. Donations support this fund, which provides four-year scholarships for children, grandchildren and siblings of alumni. The emcee of the evening, Steve Adubato, announced that the 2019 Many Are One event campaign raised more than $100,000 for scholarships.

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