Seton Hall University’s vice president for student services, Tracy Gottlieb, is being recognized as a national leader on student learning, development and success, according to the University
Gottlieb is one of 10 administrators and faculty chosen from nearly 100 nominations to receive the 2014 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award from the University of South Carolina’s National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
“It is a huge honor,” said Gottlieb. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have people who believe that my leadership inspires them.”
In the nomination portfolio submitted by Seton Hall President A. Gabriel Esteban and others, Gottlieb is praised as a “visionary” with a “mind in constant motion” focused tirelessly on the same question – how can Seton Hall better serve its students?
“I believe working with students is what we do differently at Seton Hall,” Gottlieb said. “I believe in the power of the individual to work one-on-one with students to make a difference in their lives.”
Gottlieb was once a Seton Hall freshman herself and has focused her considerable energy on programs to improve freshman retention and academic success. Her innovations include full-time professional advisers, the Seton Summer Scholars and Pathways to Nursing summer bridge programs, the University Life course, and the expansion of the Academic Resource Center. New initiatives include working with the Student Success Collaborative to further enhance freshman advisement and the creation of a Completion Committee to strengthen the academic achievement of Seton Hall’s students.
In her 25 years at Seton Hall, Gottlieb has gone from journalism professor in 1988, to dean of freshman studies in 2001, to vice president for student services in 2012, always providing the human touch.
“It is important that when we say we are a home for the mind, heart and spirit that we make sure the students feel that,” Gottlieb said.
Gottlieb and her husband, Henry, a retired senior writer at the New Jersey Law Journal, live in West Orange where they raised their three children. Annie, 31, is a producer with the MLB Network. Daniel, 29, manages a Denville restaurant and is a musician. Tom, 21, graduates from Seton Hall University this year.