Two immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as students decades ago were inaugurated as presidents of two of New Jersey’s largest private universities in separate ceremonies Friday.
A. Gabriel Esteban was sworn in as the 20th president of Seton Hall University in South Orange. He is the first non-priest to lead to the Catholic University since the 1980s and the first Filipino-American president of a major U.S. university, campus officials said.
Later in the day, Nariman Farvardin was inaugurated as the seventh president of Stevens Institute of Technology. The Iran-born electrical engineer takes over after years of financial and ethical problems at the Hoboken university.
Both men used their inaugural addresses to speak about their unlikely ascents from immigrant graduate students with little money to university presidents.