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Executive Director

Bryan Price portrait photoBryan C. Price, Ph.D.

To help launch Seton Hall’s new interdisciplinary leadership program, the Buccino Leadership Institute, the University has appointed Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Bryan C. Price, Ph.D., a nationally- recognized expert on leadership development and terrorism, to serve as the Institute’s founding executive director.

Price’s career is steeped in more than 20 years of distinguished leadership experience, including serving in multiple levels of command, ranging from leading combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to serving as an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, considered the world’s premier leadership development institution. In his most recent role, he directed the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, an internationally- renowned research and education center with global influence.

Price earned a B.S. in U.S. History from West Point, an M.A. in International Relations from St. Mary’s University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. His knowledge and expertise in terrorism, counterterrorism, U.S. national security, leadership and performance psychology have resulted in his briefing senior United States government and military officials throughout his career, including members of Congress, secretaries of Defense, Directors of the CIA, FBI and NCTC, and numerous combatant commanders. His book, Targeting Top Terrorists: Understanding Leadership Removal in Counterterrorism Strategy (Columbia University Press), has received international praise from recognized experts in the field. 

Price is the recipient of numerous military commendations, including the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals and two Air Medals. His professional affiliations include the American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, and Marshall Center for Security Studies Alumni as well as serving as a Term Member of the Council of Foreign Relations (2010-2015).

Associate Directors

There are five associate directors and one director for each Leadership Center within the Institute. Under the direction of Executive Director Bryan Price, each of the directors will lead the program within their discipline and oversee a specific leadership pillar based on the philosophy and work of their school or college. With a passion for developing young leaders, the directors will work closely with the leadership students throughout their journey in the certificate program, particularly in years three and four when students are learning to "lead in their discipline."

    College of Arts and Sciences Christopher Kaiser
    Christopher Kaiser, Ed.D.
    Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Services and Enrollment Management

    College of Communication and the Arts Headshot of Thomas Rondinella M.F.A.
    Thomas Rondinella, M.F.A.
    Associate Dean and Professor of Visual and Sound Media  

    College of Education Headshot of Yolanda Jackson, M.P.A
    Yolanda Jackson, M.P.A.
    Ph.D. Candidate, Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy Program

    College of Nursing Katherine Connolly
    Katherine Connolly, DNP, RN, APN-C
    Clinical Instructor, Undergraduate Department

    School of Diplomacy and International Relations
    Elizabeth HalpinElizabeth Halpin, M.A.
    Associate Dean of External Affairs


    Omer GokcekusOmer Gokcekus, Ph.D.
    Professor of International Economics and Development

    Stillman School of Business
    Michael ReuterMichael Reuter, M.B.A.
    Director, Business Leadership Center and Instructor, Department of Management

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