Karen E. Boroff, Ph.D., is the Interim Provost and Executive Vice President at Seton Hall University. Boroff joined the faculty in the Department of Management at the Stillman School of Business in 1989. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and then to Professor in 2000.
From 2000 to 2010, she served as Dean of the Stillman School. During that time, Stillman dedicated its focus to transforming concepts into practice and advanced its reputation, including the rankings of U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. A new trading room was built, propelling the school's prowess in preparing students for careers in finance, and Stillman students began earning first-place awards at prestigious finance competitions. Relying on its many excellent alumni in the field of accounting, Stillman developed a stronghold in entrepreneurship, with dedicated scholarships for students, its annual Pirates Pitch competitions, and its Hall of Fame dinner.
The Sharkey Sports Polling Institute was founded, enabling students to hone their market research techniques while advancing the Stillman and Seton Hall brands. The school's newspaper, The Stillman Exchange, also began. International relationships were expanded, especially in China. Beyond this, the school continued to maintain its accreditation status with the AACSB and earned the specialty Accounting Accreditation by that same agency. The school earned "best in class" for its strong assessment programs by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in 2008. The school developed more pipeline scholarships and established the school's Integrity and Professionalism hallmarks.
Boroff spearheaded the creation of the N.J. Business Honor Society, a statewide honor society for undergraduate students studying business in the state's two- and four-year colleges. With NJPRO, she created the statewide Bright Idea Award, recognizing the scholarship of the faculty in business in the Garden State. She served as President of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration and was on the boards of the New York Society of Security Analysts and Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business students.
Boroff returned to the faculty in 2010. As a professor, she earned the University's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Her research has been published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Labor Law Journal, Labor History, the Case Research Journal, the Armed Forces Journal and Army Magazine, and she has been cited in the media on topical issues in management and labor relations. Most recently, she and Major Matthew Pratt co-authored a paper, earning the Gold Award for Best Case at the North American Case Research Annual Meeting. She has been a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Management Center Innsbruck in Austria, and at Anhui Normal University in Wuhu, China.
Boroff has served with several volunteer associations; she currently volunteers her time at her local parish, St. Patrick in Chatham, N.J., where she is a Eucharistic Minister and teaches religious education to seventh graders.
Mr. Matthew Borowick '89/MBA '94 was appointed interim vice president for University Advancement on March 1, 2017 with responsibility to lead Seton Hall’s advancement services, alumni relations, development, marketing, communications and government relations. Since then, the number of philanthropic alumni has increased by 30%, improving the giving rate two years in a row when such rates are declining nationally. The University also achieved its two highest fundraising totals in over a decade.
After 10 years in banking, Mr. Borowick joined Seton Hall in 1999, establishing the Department of Government Relations, helping to shape higher education legislation and securing over $65 million for university priorities.
He was promoted in 2004 to lead the Department of Alumni Relations, which engages Seton Hall’s 100,000 graduates through volunteerism, affinity groups, events, advocacy, regional chapters, communications and student-alumni programming.
Mr. Borowick has served as the presiding officer for the association of Private College and University Alumni Directors (PCUAD), has been a frequent presenter and conference chair for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and has been quoted in CASE Currents and other higher education publications. He has consulted nationally and internationally.
He serves as a Lector at St. Cecilia’s, is a volunteer at Manassas National Battlefield Park and has authored numerous articles for American history publications. A lifelong New Jerseyan, Mr. Borowick and his wife Kathy ’90, children Meghan ’16, Alexander ’19, Lauren ’20 and Jenny reside in Monmouth Junction.
Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D., a national leader in academic, co-curricular and multicultural student development, was appointed Vice President of Student Services on October 14, 2019. Cooper-Gibson previously served as the Assistant Provost for Student Academic Services at Loyola University Chicago.
As Assistant Provost at Loyola University Chicago, Cooper-Gibson oversaw academic support services including First and Second Year Advising, the Career Development Center, TRiO Student Support Services and academic assistance programs. She also served as Co-Chair of the Council for Student Success and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education as well as assisting the university in reaching its retention and student success goals.
She previously served as the Dean of Students of the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago, Director of African American Student Affairs at Northwestern University, Assistant Director of the Student Activities Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Assistant Dean of the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago.
Cooper-Gibson earned a doctoral degree of education from Boston University, master of education degree from National Louis University and bachelor of science degree from University of Illinois.
The Vice President for Student Services serves as a member of the Executive Cabinet and provides critical leadership and guidance to facilitate decision making in all matters relating to student welfare. At Seton Hall, Cooper-Gibson will oversee a wide array of student support and academic programs including the Academic Resource Center, Career Center, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Freshman Studies, Health Services, Housing and Residence Life, and Public Safety and Security.
Stephen A. Graham was appointed the University's chief financial officer in 2012. Before that, he served two years as vice president for budget and planning at Pace University in Briarcliff, N.Y. He joined Pace as assistant vice president for internal audit in 2006. In 2008, Mr. Graham received his M.B.A. - summa cum laude - from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he received his B.S. in business administration in 1996. His concentration in both degrees was accounting. He worked in the private sector as a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in Philadelphia, and as a manager at the Siegfried Group, LLP, in Wilmington, Del. He was also an internal audit specialist for five years at the University of Pennsylvania.
Patrick G. Lyons was named Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff on June 10, 2019 and began his tenure on August 1. He oversees Athletics, Facilities and Operations, Human Resources, strategy and the Office of the President.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Lyons served for eight years as the University’s Vice President for Athletics and Recreational Services. In that role, he led the University through a period of remarkable success in competition, academics, infrastructure growth and conference realignment, thereby enhancing the college experience for Seton Hall's 14 NCAA Division I athletics programs and the student body as a whole.
Lyons transformed Seton Hall’s athletic facilities through the Pride & Excellence Campaign, a fundraising initiative of the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund, that directly led to new state-of-the-art spaces, including an academic center, fitness center, sports medicine center, varsity weight room, film room, golf lab, locker rooms for all varsity sports and a new lobby in the Richie Regan Athletic and Recreation Center that features the interactive Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame.
Seton Hall student-athletes’ collective grade-point average reached an all-time high, and they enjoyed renewed success on the field while competing in the BIG EAST, one of the most historic and successful conferences in the nation.
Mr. Lyons arrived at Seton Hall after spending seven years as Iona College's Director of Athletics, establishing its department as one of the top programs in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He was the chief administrator for the Gaels' 21 NCAA Division I athletics programs.
In 1999, he earned his master's degree in teaching from Iona and earned an M.B.A. from the Hagan School of Business in 2004. Lyons has also served as an adjunct professor in the biology department at Iona and the Sports Business Management program at Manhattanville College.
Mr. Lyons is married to the former Rachel Cintolo, who is a member of the faculty at Rutgers University.
Alyssa McCloud, Ph.D., has served as the vice president for enrollment management at Seton Hall since August 1, 2011 and was promoted to Sr. Vice President for enrollment management in July 2018. Dr. McCloud oversees Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Enrollment Services Information Systems and Enrollment Services Communications and Marketing.
During Dr. McCloud’s tenure she has led Seton Hall to tremendous enrollment success, resulting in a 20% increase in undergraduate enrollment and most recently the three largest classes in university history at 1,451 in 2017, 1,523 in 2018 and 1,633 in 2019. Simultaneously, the University has raised its SAT average nearly 100 points while continuing to attract a diverse student body that is nearly 45% students of color, 25% Pell eligible and 28% first-generation.
Dr. McCloud is an active member of the Enrollment management community has served on the College Board's Admissions Advisory Board, has provided executive management training for University CFOs through the NACUBO leadership program as well as future Enrollment leaders as part of the College Board’s Leadership Academy. Dr. McCloud created the model financial aid shopping sheet that was adopted state-wide by the state of New Jersey and was praised for creating a transparent financial aid experience for students. She has presented at numerous conferences, written articles relating to college admission that have been featured in the Huffington Post and Private Colleges and Universities Magazine. She has been featured in many media outlets, appearing on Fox Business, Good Day New York and with citation in the Star Ledger, Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
Dr. McCloud previously served as vice president for enrollment at Drew University and Felician College. Prior to these positions, she served as director of the office of admissions and international programs at Seton Hall. Prior to this she worked for Webster University in Bangkok Thailand assisting to open the first American University in Thailand and at the Council on International Educational Exchange in New York and Bangkok, Thailand.
She holds a B.A. in humanities with a concentration in philosophy from Antioch College, as well as two graduate degrees from Seton Hall, an M.A.in corporate and public communications (2004) and a Ph.D. in higher educational leadership, management and policy (2009).
C. Anthony Ziccardi, S.T.D., was born in Italy, and his family emigrated to the United States when he was a boy. He grew up in East Orange, New Jersey, and after graduation from Seton Hall with a B.A. in sociology and a master of divinity degree, he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark. Subsequently, he received a licentiate in sacred Scripture (S.S.L.) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a doctoral degree in biblical theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University, also in Rome.
As an academic, Monsignor Ziccardi has served as a faculty member at Seton Hall's Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and as the school's associate dean. He is the author of The Relationship of Jesus and the Kingdom of God in Luke-Acts (Gregorian University Press), and his articles and book reviews have been published in The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, Chicago Studies and Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He is currently the University's vice president for mission and ministry, as well as the secretary-designee of the board of regents. As a priest, he has served as secretary to the archbishop and as pro-rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica in Newark. He has served as parochial vicar in a number of parishes throughout the archdiocese.