Dr. Bonita Stanton has been named founding dean of Seton Hall University and Hackensack University Health Network’s (UHN) new school of medicine, which is set to open in fall 2018. The hiring of Stanton is said to be an important first step for the medical school, according to Seton Hall University President A. Gabriel Esteban.
This is a significant step in establishing the new medical school among many other crucial details such as securing the campus and solidifying the course material. Esteban stated that “alternative plans” are being made regarding the Nutley and Clifton campus in case the site is not ready on time.
The announcement that Stanton would take on the position of founding dean was made during a press conference on Feb. 24 in the Rotunda in the Walsh Library. The speakers at the conference included Esteban, Stanton and Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack UHN.
Not only was Stanton recognized at the conference, but plans for the medical school were also mentioned.
Garrett stated that the Hoffmann-La Roche campus in Nutley and Clifton, N.J., is the preferred site for the development of the medical school and that the last few months have been spent in discussion for a leasing agreement.