Seton Hall University, a catholic college in New Jersey, has finally selected a president. He will be the first new president the university has seen in more than 15 years and the first non-priest to head the school. This comes after a long and very frustrating search. According to an article by Kelly Heyboer in the Star-Ledger:

Seton Hall University named former provost A. Gabriel Esteban as its 20th president today, abandoning its search for a priest to lead the state’s largest Catholic school.

Esteban, 49, was appointed the school’s interim president last summer when two priests selected as finalists for the job dropped out of the running.

Yes, that’s because one the priests, Monsignor Stuart Swetland, professor of Christian ethics at Mount Saint Mary’s University, reportedly asked for a Seton Hall salary of almost $300,000 a year.

Seton Hall’s last president, Monsignor Robert Sheeran, earned about $31,000 a year.

The school declined to say how much it agreed to pay Esteban, a business professor who has been Seton Hall’s interim president since Sheeran left in July last year. According to the article, however, “Esteban said his pay is comparable to other presidents in the Big East.” All other college presidents in the Big East Conference seem to earn salaries comfortably in the six figures.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer