A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, is the 12th president of DePaul University in Chicago. He assumed the presidency July 1, 2017 as the first lay leader in DePaul’s history. He oversees a $568 million budget, more than 22,000 students on two major Chicago campuses, and about 3,450 full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

Dr. Esteban has served American higher education in a number of national roles. Currently, he is on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Catholic school board of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum. Previously, he was a member of the Accreditation Review Council of the Higher Learning Commission and chaired numerous accreditation visits. He also is an emeritus board member of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education.

Before arriving at DePaul, Dr. Esteban had extensive experience in higher education. Most recently, he served as president of Seton Hall University. Prior to Seton Hall, he served in senior-level leadership positions and on the faculty of higher education institutions in Arkansas, Texas and the Philippines.

A celebrated leader and advocate for minorities, Dr. Esteban has received multiple honors throughout his career. Notably, the Carnegie Corporation of New York recognized him as a “Great Immigrant” in 2015. His alma mater, the University of California, Irvine, designated him one of its Top 50 graduate and postdoctoral alumni.

Dr. 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, Quezon City.