Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., is the 21st president of Seton Hall University. He assumed the presidency on August 1, 2019.
President Nyre is a first-generation college graduate who received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (and attained its most distinguished alumni award in 2014); an M.A. from the University of Missouri; an Ed.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas; and completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School and the University of Kansas. He assumed the presidency of Seton Hall after serving for eight years as president of Iona College, a Roman Catholic institution in New Rochelle, New York.
President Nyre often discusses the "power of the place to change destinations and transform lives" and the important role of every student and employee in this pursuit. He notes, "From the groundskeeper who attends to the beauty of the Green — to the faculty member who attends to the beauty of the mind, we all play a vital role in transforming lives."
A student-focused servant leader, President Nyre has a demonstrated record of elevating institutions by engaging students, faculty and staff in shared visioning, planning, execution and governance. This orientation has produced a history of building cultures centered on student engagement and success, increasing college affordability and actively involving students in institutional governance.
President Nyre embraces Seton Hall's focus on "what great minds can do." He believes great minds should engage in the great conversations, challenges and debates of our time. Concurrently, President Nyre underscores the importance of investing in recruiting, retaining and developing faculty and staff who "inspire students to reach beyond their grasp." He believes in the importance of engaging faculty and academic leaders to develop and execute multiyear academic plans.
Mindful of the changing higher education landscape, President Nyre has substantial experience in leading high-performing teams to reduce tuition dependency, strengthen institutional fiscal health and fundraise for key institutional initiatives. Collectively, his teams achieved record levels of fundraising (tripling his prior institution's endowment in less than eight years), advanced record levels of student scholarships and transformed the campus by constructing or renovating numerous buildings.
Prior to serving as president of multiple institutions, President Nyre practiced as a psychologist in academic, clinical and private practice settings while serving at several institutions, including Baylor University, the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Through his leadership in higher education and health care, President Nyre is highly regarded in developmental psychopathology, system innovation and public policy reform, having garnered more than $60 million in extramural funding.
A devout Catholic, President Nyre and his wife, the former Kelli McIntyre, have four children: Evelyn (7), Charlie (11), Henry (15) and Hadley (18).