APIACU Vice Chair
President, Seton University
South Orange, New Jersey
A. Gabriel Esteban was appointed 20th president of Seton Hall University in January 2011, after serving as interim president for six months. He has charged the University’s more than 900 faculty and 1,800 employees and nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to aspire to excellence in scholarship and service and is committed to the institution’s 156 year Catholic mission.
Starting in 2007, Esteban was provost and chief academic officer of Seton Hall. In that office, he oversaw eight colleges and schools, University libraries and enrollment services.
He has spearheaded the University’s strategic planning and campus master plan initiatives, collaborated with faculty and academic leaders on enhancing and adding undergraduate and graduate programs, establishing academic priorities and strengthening the centrality of academics at Seton Hall. He has also led the strategic changes in the enrollment management and financial aid strategies that will position the University through the current economic environment.
When he was chief academic officer, Seton Hall won more international faculty fellowships and student scholarships (including the first-ever Rhodes Scholarship, as well as numerous Fulbrights) than ever before.
Prior to his leadership positions at Seton Hall, Esteban was provost and dean of faculty at The University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Esteban also served as dean of the College of Business and tenured professor of marketing at the University of Central Arkansas. During that time he served as chairman of the Conway (Arkansas) Area Chamber of Commerce and of the Women’s Shelter for Central Arkansas. He was associate vice president of academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University and an assistant professor at the University of Houston-Victoria. Esteban was also a fulltime instructor at the College of Business Administration of the University of the Philippines.
He received a doctorate in administration from the Graduate School of Management of the University of California at Irvine and a master of science in Japanese business studies from Chaminade University in Honolulu. Esteban earned a master of business administration and a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of the Philippines, Dillman, Quezon City. He also received specialized training in leading transformation and change at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in addition to private sector work experience in the Philippines and Japan.
Currently, Dr. Gabriel Esteban is a founding board member and vice chairman of the Asian American Pacific Islander Association of Colleges and Universities, a new national organization established to advocate on behalf of minority-serving institutions that have significant numbers of Asian American and Pacific Islander American students. He is also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, a voluntary, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, restoration and maintenance of the health status of individuals and of the New Jersey community.
Esteban has served American higher education in a number of national roles, including membership on the Accreditation Review Council of the Higher Learning Commission and work as team chair and consultant-evaluator. He serves as a board member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) Commission and the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), and has been selected to serve on the national task force for Voluntary System for Accountability (VSA) sponsored by American Association of State Colleges and Universities. For the past seven years, he has been an invited speaker and faculty member of the Leadership Development Program for Higher Education offered by Leadership Education for Asians and Pacifics held at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California.
He is the first lay president of Seton Hall in a generation and a devoted fan of Pirate athletic programs. He is married and has a daughter who is currently an undergraduate student at the University.