Office of the Secretary > Archived > President-Elect > DePaul Names 12th President

DePaul University names 12th president

February 16, 2017
Dear Members of the DePaul Community,

I am pleased to announce A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D.​ will serve as DePaul’s 12th president. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Esteban, and I had the honor of introducing him to our university community at a public announcement earlier this morning. 

Dr. Esteban is a proven academic leader with extensive experience in strategic planning. In his current role, as president of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, he implemented initiatives that dramatically increased enrollment and transformed the academic profile of the university’s student population. He oversaw the development of a new health and medical sciences campus that will house Seton Hall’s new School of Medicine and established a partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health.  Dr. Esteban also is the first lay leader in more than 25 years at Seton Hall, a Catholic university home to nearly 10,000 students. He has a deep personal commitment to DePaul’s Vincentian and Catholic values, and I am confident he will continue to protect and strengthen our distinguished educational mission.

You will soon receive a special edition of DePaul Newsline with more information about Dr. Esteban and his family, as well as a short video. I invite you to attend a reception this afternoon in the DePaul Center, Concourse Level, from 2-4 p.m. to welcome Dr. Esteban and his wife, Josephine, to the DePaul family. If you were not able to attend this morning’s announcement, the recording of the live streaming will be made available soon. 

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to Jim Ryan and the Presidential Search Committee, as well as the four Vetting Committees. Every committee member devoted many hours to this search, and I am extremely appreciative of their hard work and dedication to DePaul. We look forward to welcoming the Estebans to the DePaul family.


Bill Bennett
Chair, Board of Trustees