Seven New Members Named to Seton Hall University Board of Regents

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Seton Hall University’s Board of Regents, one of the university’s key governing bodies, this year has seven new members.

Through their gifts of time and talent, they will help Seton Hall make significant strides in achieving its strategic objectives.

Seton Hall University’s Board of Regents, one of the university’s key governing bodies, this year has seven new members, elected by the University Board of Trustees or serving in an ex-officio capacity. They bring rich knowledge and decades of experience in the fields of business, medicine, and Catholic religious life to the 43-member board. Each is serving a three-year term which expires on June 30, 2017.

“I am very pleased to welcome our new Regents to the board, and look forward to the unique skills that each of them will bring to our collaborative efforts,” said University President A. Gabriel Esteban. “Through their gifts of time and talent, they will help Seton Hall make significant strides in achieving its strategic objectives. I know that the rest of the board joins me in welcoming them as well.”

Mark Benjamin is President of Global Enterprise Solutions at ADP in Roseland, N.J., a global leader in human capital management solutions. In this role, he is responsible for 20,000 ADP associates and approximately $3.5 billion in annual revenues. In his 22 years with the company, Mr. Benjamin also served in various leadership and management roles, including President of ADP’s Employer Services International in Paris, overseeing all of the company’s global operations outside of North America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, international finance and marketing from the University of Miami and is Chairman of the corporate advisory board for Voices Against Brain Cancer.

Monsignor James M. Cafone ’61/M.A. ’67, S.T.D. is a tenured member of the Religion Department and oversees mission-related activities that are part of the University’s strategic plan. He joined the University in 1968 and had been serving on the Board of Regents in an ex-officio capacity before becoming an elected member of the board. Monsignor Cafone has served on numerous University and Archdiocesan committees, including the University’s Educational Policy Committee and the Archdiocesan Priest Personnel Policy Committee. He was a consultant/author for Renew International and serves as Censor Librorum for the Archdiocese. He was the minister to the Seton Hall priest community for fifteen years and was awarded the Administrative Merit Award for Extraordinary Service to the University and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Seminary. Monsignor Cafone was also a long-time member of The Catholic Advocate editorial board.

Edward Cerny is Managing Partner of Middle Market Credit for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors in New York. In this role, he manages relationships with financial sponsors and intermediaries and sits on the investment committee of each of the firm's middle market credit funds. Prior to joining Kayne Anderson, Mr. Cerny was Managing Director of Blackstone’s corporate debt group, and before that worked in the leveraged finance and financial sponsors groups of UBS. He began his career in the merchant banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also has a law degree and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.

Monsignor Robert F. Coleman, J.C.D. is Associate Vice Provost at Seton Hall as well as minister to the priest community. Ordained in 1978, he was first assigned as parochial vicar at Saint Aloysius Church in Jersey City. He later served the Archdiocese of Newark on the Metropolitan Tribunal and as Secretary for Canonical Affairs. Monsignor Coleman came to the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (ICSST) in 1988 and served on the seminary faculty for five years. He returned to ICSST as Vice Rector and Business Manager in 1996, and was Rector and Dean of the school from 2000 to 2012. He received a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Dr. Michael Loeven ’07 began his medical career in 2011 after graduating from Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. He did his residency in family medicine at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, P.A. and is establishing a primary care clinic at Wellspan Health’s Ephrata Hospital in Pennsylvania to serve a diverse population in Manheim and the surrounding rural areas. Dr. Loeven attended Seton Hall on a full-tuition Regents Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. During his time at Seton Hall, he was one of the campus sacristans and a New Jersey Distinguished Scholar.

Monsignor Thomas P. Nydegger, M.Div. ’92/Ed.S. ’06/Ed.D. ’08 is the newly appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Newark. As a principal deputy to Archbishop John J. Myers, he oversees the day-to-day direction of the administrative agencies and departments of the Archdiocese and supervision of the members of the Archdiocesan Curia. Ordained in 1992, he first served as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Church in Secaucus and held several positions in the Archdiocese, including Secretary to the Archbishop, Director of Vocations, and Vice-Chancellor/Assistant to the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. Most recently, he was the pastor of St. Philomena Parish in Livingston and executive director of the Office of Clergy Personnel. He has served as Vice Rector/Business Manager and the Director of Formation at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and as Associate Vice President for Student Services at Seton Hall University where he also taught Ministry of Leadership and Parish Administration.

Joseph Sheridan is President and Chief Operating Officer of Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. He joined the Keasbey, N.J.-based company in 1976 and rose through the ranks in various logistics, finance, procurement, management and executive positions. Mr. Sheridan is on the Board of Directors of several industry groups, including the National Grocers Association, Food Marketing Institute and GS1. He has received numerous awards, including the 2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant advancements in their industries; the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s Collaboration Leadership Award for fostering cooperation among trading partners to better serve the industry and consumers; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Breath of Life Award and the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s President’s Award. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Embrace Kids Foundation and has served in advisory capacities for Kean University College of Business and Public Management and Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in management science at Kean University (formerly Kean College of New Jersey).


One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and caring global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark.

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