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Joseph E. Nyre Begins Tenure as Seton Hall University's 21st President  

President Joseph Nyre in front of Bayley Hall.A nationally recognized leader in higher education and health care administration, Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., officially took over the reins as Seton Hall University's 21st president earlier today. The University's Board of Regents appointed Nyre as Seton Hall's next president in February following a national search. He previously served as the president of Iona College, a Roman Catholic institution in New Rochelle, N.Y.

"I take up the privilege of leading this great Catholic university with deep gratitude and boundless optimism," Nyre said. "I look forward to working with the entire university community to enhance the transformational power of a Seton Hall education."

"We are excited to welcome President Nyre to Seton Hall," said Patrick Murray, Chair of the University's Board of Regents. "By combining the University’s academic excellence with his strong background in Catholic higher education and health care, we are confident that Seton Hall will continue its rise as a leading national university under President Nyre's strong leadership."

A native of Beloit, Wisconsin, Nyre is a first-generation college graduate who attained three advanced degrees and completed pre- and post-doctoral studies at the University of Missouri, University of Kansas and Harvard Medical School. Widely respected for his program of research, state and national policy work and leadership, he joined Iona College as president in 2011.

Welcome Sign for Dr. Nyre hanging on the University's main entrance. During his eight years as president, Iona College experienced remarkable successes, including launching new academic programs, establishing The Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, developing a new core curriculum, funding new endowed professorships, and creating faculty distinction and innovation programs. In addition, Iona reduced its tuition dependency, substantially strengthened its fiscal health, and expanded the footprint of the main campus by more than 30 percent. During Nyre's tenure, Iona also experienced record levels of fundraising, tripled the College's endowment and funded record levels of student scholarships in support of college affordability.

Nyre has practiced as a psychologist in academic, clinical and private practice settings while serving at several prominent institutions, including Baylor University, the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.

A devout Catholic, Nyre and his wife, the former Kelli McIntyre, have four children.

Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., a former Seton Hall senior administrator and three-time alumna, served as the University's interim president since March 2017. During her tenure, Meehan oversaw the opening of the new Interprofessional Health Sciences campus, the University's continued rise in national rankings, and increased fundraising and alumni support. Next month, she will join Seton Hall's College of Education and Human Services as a faculty member.

About Seton Hall University
One of the country's leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall's academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be the third most diverse national Catholic university in the nation.

During the past five years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. The University's beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses the University's College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

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