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$1 Million Gift to Diplomacy and International Relations Leadership Center  

leadership sittingA $1 million gift from the Henry F. Roman and Maryann Roman Family Trust will help to further advance Seton Hall University's Diplomacy and International Relations Leadership Center. A devout Catholic, Henry Roman graduated from Seton Hall in 1954 and then went on to serve two tours of duty in the United States Army. He and his wife, Maryann, shared a love of travel and foreign cultures.

In honor of the gift and the Roman's interest in foreign cultures, the center will be named the Henry and Maryann Roman Diplomacy and International Relations Leadership Center. 

"Through this program, the highest achieving diplomacy students interact with leaders in fields such as health care, education and business. This wider perspective on leadership gives them a clear edge in the field, whether they decide to work in public service, for a non-profit or a multinational company," said Courtney Smith, acting dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. "With the skills and practical application learned in this program, our graduates will be better equipped than their peers to coordinate comprehensive peace agreements, humanitarian aid efforts or post-conflict reconstruction. Thus, we are fulfilling our mission to create the next generation of global leaders."

The Diplomacy Leadership Center is part of the Buccino Leadership Institute, which is the first interdisciplinary undergraduate leadership program of its kind in the United States. For five years in a row the Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development in Seton Hall's Stillman School of Business earned a top ranking in the LEAD Awards sponsored by HR.com. The organization named the Business Center as the #1 Certificate Program with Emphasis on Leadership/ Organizational Development in the nation. To build on that success, Seton Hall launched the Buccino Leadership Institute, expanding leadership development to students outside of the School of Business.

"A cursory look at the news these days and it becomes readily apparent why we need to have leaders of character in the fields of diplomacy and international relations. The generous gift from the Roman family will ensure that Seton Hall and the Buccino Leadership Institute will produce the next generation of leaders for decades to come," said Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Bryan C. Price, Ph.D., founding executive director of the Institute and one of the nation's top leadership experts.

"One of the incredible benefits that this gift provides to our students is one-on-one time with a seasoned professional leadership coach. CEOs of multinational companies pay thousands of dollars for this same individual leadership coaching, by these same coaches. Our students will receive this personal, practical application of strength, weakness and leadership style training as freshmen in the program," said Elizabeth Halpin, associate dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, who also serves as an associate director in the Buccino Leadership Institute. "With this gift, we are creating more confident and effective leaders to send out into the field to make a difference."

In addition to the leadership coaching and industry-leading personal assessments (personality, behavioral and emotional intelligence), the Roman gift will be used to fund other performance psychology initiatives for students within the program, site visits, conference travel, student and faculty research, stipends and course release coverage as well as guest speakers and events.

This latest gift is the third one million gift to the Buccino Leadership Institute in recent months. The first from the estate of Louis P. Gentile '58 to the Arts and Sciences Leadership Center, and the second from the estate of former professor Lloyd McBride '53 to the Communication and the Arts Leadership Center.

In addition to the leadership gift, the Henry F. Roman and Maryann Roman Family Trust also gave a $750,000 gift in support of the University' Core curriculum director's position.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Bryan Price
  • (973) 761-9103