President Petillo Named to Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame
Sacred Heart University President John J. Petillo has been named to Seton Hall University’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He joins four others in Seton Hall’s class of 2015 who will be inducted and celebrated as part of the Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame golf outing and dinner on Monday, June 22, at the Fairmont Country Club in Chatham, N.J. Each year, Seton Hall honors individuals who have made a significant impact on Pirates Athletics in this way.
Petillo served as chancellor at Seton Hall from 1984-89 during a period of renaissance on campus. He presided over Seton Hall when the men’s basketball team reached the championship game of the 1989 NCAA Tournament. Pirates teams also won five Big East championships—three by the soccer team—while he was in charge. During his tenure, numerous facility projects were completed, including the construction of four new residence halls from 1986-88, helping the university transform its identity from a commuter school to a residential campus. Petillo is also a graduate of Seton Hall, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree there.
“As a two-time graduate of Seton Hall University as well as former chancellor, this is an extremely meaningful honor for me,” Petillo said. “Of course, I can’t take much credit for the success of the athletics programs during my tenure. That goes to the athletics administration and the talented coaches and students. However, I am grateful that the small role I played has led the selection committee to consider me worthy to be included in this year’s class.”