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West Orange Resident Receives National First-Year Student Advocate Award

Cynthia Cumming

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 • 6:04pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Tracy Gottlieb, West Orange resident and Vice-President for Student Services at Seton Hall University, has received the 2013 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. Gottlieb was selected as one of ten administrators nationally to receive the award from nearly 100 nominations.

Gottlieb was nominated by Seton Hall President A. Gabriel Esteban and others. She was called a "visionary" as she focused on how to best serve the Seton Hall students. She worked at Seton Hall University for 25 years, first as a Journalism Professor, to Dean of Freshman Studies in 2001, to Vice-President for Student Services in 2012.

“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.”

As a Seton Hall graduate, Gottlieb understands the needs of the students and has worked tirelessly to improve student retention and academic success.  

“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.”

Her programs 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. She has also worked with the Student Success Collaborative to assist freshman advisement, and created a Completion Committee to strengthen the students' academic achievements.

“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 resides in West Orange with her husband Henry, a  retired senior writer at the New Jersey Law Journal. They have three children: Annie, 31, a producer with the MLB Network; Daniel, 29, Restaurant Manager in Denville and a musician; and Tom, 21, a Senior at Seton Hall University.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

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