Seton Hall U. Launches new Ph.D. Program with $1.75M Gift

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The following is from Seton Hall University:

RomansSeton Hall University has received a $1.75 million gift from the estate of the late Henry F. Roman, a 1954 graduate, and his wife, Maryann. The donation will be used to further elevate the College of Communication and the Arts by helping to launch a new Ph.D. program in Communication, creating an endowed professorship, and providing additional support for doctoral students and faculty development.

In honor of the gift, the University will create the Henry F. and Maryann Roman Endowed Professorship in the College of Communication and the Arts, and doctoral students receiving support will be known as Roman Fellows.

“The Romans’ remarkable gift will enhance the Seton Hall experience for generations of graduate students in communication and the arts,” said Seton Hall President A. Gabriel Esteban. “We are truly grateful for their outstanding generosity.”

Deirdre Yates, dean of the College of Communication and the Arts, believes that the Romans’ significant philanthropic support will have a transformative impact on the college and its programs.

“This gift will benefit our entire college and help to bring us national recognition,” Yates explained. “With this gift, the appointment of communication scholar Renee Robinson as our new director of the Center for Graduate Studies, and the input of our preeminent faculty, we will build an incomparable curriculum reflective of our unique niche and our Catholic identity.”

Yates explained that the new doctoral program is being designed to reflect current trends and breakthroughs in all areas of communication reflecting today’s media markets and harnessing the knowledge and expertise of top research faculty and practitioners from around the nation and the world. The doctoral program is expected to launch in Fall 2018. For more information, please contact


The College of Communication and the Arts is a dynamic community where students, scholars, artists, theorists, critics, practitioners and professionals all thrive together. The college’s new academic programs focus on the 21st century digital culture. Its goal is to inspire and enable students to lead, create and communicate with responsibility, passion and excellence. The college offers eight undergraduate programs: Art History; Art, Design and Interactive Multimedia; Visual and Sound Media; Communication; Journalism; Public Relations; Music and Theatre as well as three graduate programs: Museum Professions; Public Relations and Strategic Communication. The New York metropolitan area provides the college the ability to facilitate internships for over 80% of students, with many of these internships leading to full time employment post-graduation. Additionally, the college offers three “3 + 2 programs,” enabling students to graduate in five years with a master’s degree.


One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been developing students in mind, heart and spirits since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hal’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Business.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, the University has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth in addition to an impressive 95-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have been awarded nearly 20 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors including a Rhodes Scholar. In the past five years, the University has invested more than $134 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a new School of Medicine as well as a new College of Communication and the Arts.

A founding member of the new Big East Conference, the Seton Hall Pirates field 14 NCAA Division I varsity sports teams. The University’s beautiful main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles from New York City – offering its students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The University’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. For more information, visit


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