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academic administrator , priest

John J. Petillo, American former academic administrator, priest. Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1973; left priesthood in 1990.


Petillo, John J. was born on March 19, 1947 in Montclair, New Jersey, United States. Son of Gennaro and Geraldine (Illaria) Petillo.


Earned undergraduate degree, Seton Hall University, 1969. Master of Arts in Counseling, Seton Hall University, 1971. Professional diploma in counselor education, Fordham University, 1973.

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Personnel Services, Fordham University, 1976. Master of Divinity in Pastoral Theology, Darlington School Theology, 1975. Master of Public Administration, Rutgers University, 1977.


Assistant director office research and planning Archdiocese Newark, Roman Catholic Church, 1975-1977, chancellor for administration, 1978-1983. Deputy director Catholic Community Services, New Jersey, 1976-1978. Assistant to president Seton Hall University, South Orange, 1978, chancellor, chief executive officer, 1983-1990, also member board trustees and board regents, since 1983.

Chancellor, chief executive officer Immaculate Conception Seminary, 1983. Chief Executive Officer for several insurance companies Tribus Companies, Care Advantage, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield, New Jersey (also president), 1990—2001. President, Chief Executive Officer Newark Alliance, 2001—2004.

Chairman board trustee University Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, since 2003, interim president, 2004, president, 2004—2006. Member Archdiocesan Board Administration.


  • Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1973. Left priesthood in 1990.


Member long range-strategic planning committee United Way American. Board directors Blue Cross New Jersey, National Society Prevention Blindness, National Commission on Cooperative Education, Foundation Educational Alternatives, Indiana College Fund New Jersey, New Jersey State Police Memorial Library and Museum Association, labor-higher education council American Council on Education and American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Commission for Public Responsibility for Educational Success, Washington Center New Jersey Scholarship Program, Statue of Liberty Centennial Commission State New Jersey, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, St. Joseph's Health System, Wachovia Regional Foundation, Lincoln Educational Services. Chairman board Essex County College Foundation.

Member Association Indiana Colleges and Universities New Jersey (board directors).


Married Sabina M. Porcaro.

Gennaro Petillo

Geraldine (Illaria) Petillo

Sabina M. Porcaro