President Petillo Inducted Into Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame
Sacred Heart University President John J. Petillo was inducted into Seton Hall University’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday, June 22. He joined three others in Seton Hall’s class of 2015. 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, but I was grateful for the opportunity to be back among Seton Hall friends and colleagues and humbled to be selected for such a distinguished award.”