Seton Hall Receives $8 Million Estate Gift Commitment, Pledge Is One of the Largest in University’s History

Seton Hall University has received a $6 million addition to a $2 million estate gift commitment from an anonymous donor to support the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The combined $8 million gift is one of the largest in Seton Hall’s history.

The gift will endow a faculty chair in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, fund research, develop new initiatives, and offer financial support and scholarships to students.

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Seton Hall also has received an additional commitment from the donor to provide ongoing annual gifts that will initiate and support the newly created endowed faculty chair in chemistry. 

Nicholas Snow, a distinguished Seton Hall professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named as the founding endowed faculty chair. Snow, who also serves as the director of the University’s Center for Academic Industry Partnership and interim director of the Office of Grants and Research Services, has been recognized twice by Seton Hall’s Board of Regents for outstanding teaching and service to students.

Seton Hall President A. Gabriel Esteban remarked, “This truly generous gift will allow Seton Hall to sustain and enhance its status as a leading center of scientific inquiry and learning in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry. It will allow us to continue to attract the best and the brightest students and faculty to our university.”

In honor of this gift, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be named at a future date.

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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 www.shu.eduOne 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 andBloomberg Business.