West Orange Resident Named VP of Student Services at Seton Hall

As vice president of Students Services at Seton Hall University, Tracy Gottlieb said she hopes to continue the strong relationship between the university and South Orange. (Photo courtesy Tracy Gottlieb)

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Seton Hall University administrator and West Orange resident Tracy Gottlieb has been named vice president of Student Services at the university.

The new position combines the divisions of Student Affairs and Freshman Studies.

“I’m always humbled when people at the university ask me to take on another task,” Gottlieb said. “I was a little nervous taking over a whole new area.”

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Gottlieb, who stepped into the job in January, said she is taking it one day at a time. “Every day is new challenges, new opportunities for growth,” she said.

Although she has been part of the Seton Hall community for many years, Gottlieb said, she still has things to learn regarding her new position before she makes any changes.

 “I think it’s premature to predict where we’re going,” she said. “I’ve spent the last month learning about the different issues and getting to know all the people and understanding the budget process.”

Gottlieb has been reviewing each department she supervises, including Community Development, the division that oversees the relationship between students and South Orange.

“Public Safety is churning along nicely, as is Community Development, as is the Counseling Center, Health Services,” she said. “All of those are new (in that they) report through their directors to me. I feel comfortable that as we go forward, we’ll have new initiatives that will come from this office.”

Gottlieb said she wants to continue a good relationship between the university and the town.  “I want to sit down and meet with the chief of police and the fire captain to get to know them and carry on the strong tradition of Seton Hall having a relationship with the village,” she said.

With her new responsibility, Gottlieb said she is grateful her husband is retired and is able to help out at home. Since her three children, Annie, Daniel and Tom, are grown, Gottlieb said it’s easier to devote more time to Seton Hall.

 “I’m very impressed with the professionalism of the directors on this side of the house,” she said. “I’m really happy to be working with them, and they all welcomed me into the fold. Our first date has been nice, and it’s going to be a beautiful friendship.”

In addition to working with the departments within Student Services, Gottlieb said she wants to keep a good relationship with the students as an adviser, part of her responsibilities when she was director of Freshmen Studies.

“I like to keep my hand involved in things that directly affect students,” Gottlieb said. “I
 like to talk to students. When a student wants to meet with me, I try to accommodate them. Freshmen Studies allows that interaction with students that I really crave. I’m reluctant to just walk away from it.”

Gottlieb knows the university well. She graduated with a journalism degree from Seton Hall and used to work at WSOU, the campus radio station, as an engineer and DJ.

In 1988, she joined the faculty in the communication department to teach journalism. After she moved into administration, she took on responsibilities including Freshman Studies and overseeing enrollment management.

Gottlieb said she bleeds blue and supports the Seton Hall Pirates. However, Gottlieb said, she does not go to the games often. “I like going, but I get exhausted,” Gottlieb said. “This is going to sound silly: I care too much, so I don’t go too often, because I find it so incredibly draining.”

Patrice Kubik is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts designed to give students real-world experience.


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