A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD
A. Gabriel Esteban is the 12th president of DePaul University. Under his leadership, DePaul developed its current strategic plan, "Grounded in Mission: The Plan for DePaul 2024," has been recognized with many Top 25 national academic program rankings and has been a top producer of award recipients in the prestigious national Fulbright U.S. Student Program. His top priorities are increasing accessibility and transparency and enhancing the student experience.
Before arriving at DePaul, Esteban had extensive experience in higher education. Most recently, he served as president of Seton Hall University, a Catholic institution in New Jersey, where he led strategic planning and campus master plan initiatives, strategic changes in enrollment management, and financial aid strategies that enhanced the university's reputation.
Esteban holds a doctorate in business administration from the Graduate School of Management of the University of California-Irvine and a master's in Japanese business studies from Chaminade University in Honolulu. He earned his MBA and bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in Quezon City.
Esteban has served U.S. higher education in a number of national roles, including past membership on the Accreditation Review Council of the Higher Learning Commission and chairing numerous accreditation visits. He is an emeritus board member of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education.
A celebrated leader and advocate for minorities, Esteban has received multiple honors throughout his career, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York's Great Immigrant Award in 2015, a spot on NJBIZ's Power 100 list in 2016, and the Embassy of the Philippines's Certificate of Achievement in 2013.