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John Petillo
John J. Petillo was named president of Sacred Heart University in March 2011. He had served as interim president since October 2010 and dean of the University’s John F. Welch College of Business since March 2009. Before coming to Sacred Heart, he had a varied career that included leadership of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and several corporations. He was also chancellor and chief executive officer of Seton Hall University and Immaculate Conception Seminary; chancellor for Administration for the Archdiocese of Newark; and deputy director of Catholic Community Services.

President Petillo holds a bachelor’s degree in classical languages and a master’s in counseling from Seton Hall University; a professional diploma in counselor education from Fordham University; a master’s in public administration from Rutgers; a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral theology from the Darlington School of Theology; and a Ph.D. in counseling and personnel services from Fordham. He received honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from St. Peter's College in New Jersey, Universidad Apec in the Dominican Republic and South Korea's Kyoung-Gi

Entries by John Petillo

Respecting Differences Is A Non-negotiable, Moral Imperative

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 5:57 PM

Fear and ignorance are blissful companions when it comes to intolerance. It assumes innumerable forms. Sometimes it is blatant and obvious. But oftentimes its posture is ambiguous, disingenuous or lacking overt hostility. It also may masquerade in passive-aggressive costumes, theater that is obscured through politics, competition, humor or youthful malfeasance....

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Open Eyes Require Open Ears

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 1:13 PM

Pope Francis' recent and electrifying U.S. visit was memorable on many levels. But the Pontiff wasn't here to avoid politics or controversy - he had strong opinions and messages to share, and he spoke his mind in front of Congress and the president, at the United Nations and before millions...

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The Value of a Four-Year Degree Is Increasing

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 2:54 PM

We've all heard the jokes.

There's the film studies major who walks dogs, the philosophy degree holder who hands out flyers, the French literature graduate who works as a barista-- and they all live back at home with their parents and, for some reason, in the family basement. That,...

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Lessons From Pope Francis in Managing a University

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Pope Francis is trending as the model for transforming corporate cultures through humble leadership. His actions and words are "liked" on Facebook and hashtagged on Twitter as guideposts for a new business model. The pope is making moral leadership cool.

In less than two years, his style has inspired...

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Developing Leaders, Not Followers

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:59 PM

For decades, colleges and universities throughout the United States have attempted to strike the right balance between "book smarts" - developing the intellect and character of students - and "street smarts" - giving students the skills they need to get and keep a job.

But the...

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Getting Our Priorities Straight in Higher Education

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 12:33 PM

Everybody talks about saving the world. Some people actually try. And some actually succeed.
One of Sacred Heart University's 2012 graduates is a young woman who I would include among those who have genuinely made a difference, who have -- in the hackneyed phrase we love to use --...

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Transforming Young Lives in a Cynical Age

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 6:55 PM

Amid all the hand-wringing and soul-searching that higher education is going through about the value and the cost of a liberal arts education, we lose sight of one fundamental truth - it changes lives. For the better.

It makes young people think in new and different ways. It can be,...

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Making College Campuses Safe in a Violent Era

(11) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 6:27 PM

In Connecticut, not far from the national horror that occurred in Newtown, we view the issue of gun control through a different lens. Perhaps because we feel closer to a monumental tragedy that has provoked such agonizing soul-searching about the place of guns in our society, perhaps because as educators...

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The Value of Values in Education

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Every two years the Josephson Institute of Ethics sends out a report card on high school students who admit to stealing, cheating and lying, and the results of the survey are always a cause for alarm with headline writers, educators and parents because it's a wakeup call about...

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Assessing the Future of Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 3:44 PM

From legislatures to academia, from newsrooms to boardrooms, from human resources departments to recruiting firms, all across America, there is a vigorous debate about the future of higher education, often in the least likely places.

Are students getting the necessary skills to compete in the global workforce? Is the...

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Getting Your Money's Worth in a College Education

(3) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 7:27 PM

Everyone's looking for a great deal nowadays -- something that's worth their hard-earned cash -- and a college degree is no different. In recent years, we've begun to look at college degrees with a mercenary attitude, which means to say we want to know how much of a return on...

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