John J. Petillo was named president of Sacred Heart University in March 2011. He had served as interim president since October 2010 and dean of the University’s Jack Welch College of Business since March 2009. Before coming to Sacred Heart, he had a varied career that included leadership of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and several corporations. He was also chancellor and chief executive officer of Seton Hall University and Immaculate Conception Seminary; chancellor for Administration for the Archdiocese of Newark; and deputy director of Catholic Community Services.
President Petillo holds a bachelor’s degree in classical languages and a master’s in counseling from Seton Hall University; a professional diploma in counselor education from Fordham University; a master’s in public administration from Rutgers; a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral theology from the Darlington School of Theology; and a Ph.D. in counseling and personnel services from Fordham. He received honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from St. Peter's College in New Jersey, Universidad Apec in the Dominican Republic and South Korea's Kyoung-Gi University.