About John H. Shannon

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John H. Shannon is Professor of Legal Studies at the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. He has served on the faculty of the Stillman School since 1982. His teaching and research interests focus on the intersection of law, business and technology. His particular emphasis is on the issues and challenges propelled by digital transformation and its impact on the established order in business, law, and society more generally. He is co-author of three text books, The Legal Environment of Business: A Managerial and Regulatory Perspective, Products Liability: A Managerial Perspective, 2d Ed. and Law, Business And Regulation, A Managerial Perspective, and several articles examining issues related to the above areas.

Recognized as an excellent teacher, Shannon has developed many innovative learning environments. He examines issues related to digital transformation in BLAW4320, Disruption, Technology & Law. Since 2008/09 he has co-led the Ideas & Trends seminar, offered by the Buccino Center for Leadership Development, that empowers students to identify and evaluate the ideas and trends affecting business, politics, culture, and society. During the 2007/08 academic year, he co-taught a joint seminar in which students from the business school formulated startup plans for ventures in Second Life, Linden Labs online multiverse, while law students reviewed the plans, identified pertinent legal issues, and provided legal advice.

Shannon was previously Vice President for University Affairs at Seton Hall University, concluding that four-year appointment in August 2001. In that capacity, Shannon led all phases of the University’s external relations, including alumni relations, development, corporate communications and government relations. This position was one of six that comprised the University’s Executive Cabinet, providing advice and support to the University’s president. He was responsible for the development of the Ever Forward Campaign for Seton Hall consisting of a $150M capital campaign and a unique institutional image and identity campaign. He also led the team that developed the crisis communications strategy during the tragic Boland Hall fire in 2000.

Prior to his appointment as Vice President, Shannon served as dean of the Stillman School. Assuming the leadership of the school in July 1994, Shannon was responsible for the implementation of a new competency-based undergraduate core curriculum, the development of a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (B.A.B.A.) and the establishment of the Center for Sport Management. Under his guidance, the Stillman School also expanded graduate offerings to include five Master of Science Programs and a full-time M.B.A. program.

While serving as dean, Shannon proved to be an outstanding fundraiser and constituent builder, securing a $1 million grant to endow the School’s Institute for International Business. He also garnered the financial and volunteer support for the creation, and subsequent endowment, of the Buccino Center for Leadership Development, an undergraduate business honors program that combines mobile computing, corporate mentoring and community and corporate externships. The students and faculty of the Center were pioneers in the University’s information technology and mobile computing initiatives. Other external relations highlights of Shannon’s deanship include the creation of an alumni/student mentoring program, the Stillman Parents Association and advisory councils for several of the school’s programs.

Two signature accomplishments of his tenure as dean involved university wide initiatives. He was a leader in the development of the university’s award winning mobile computing program. This program positioned Seton Hall to gain national prominence in the development and delivery of technology rich learning environments. In 1997, Shannon led the effort to establish the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. This project involved the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate curricula and the creation of a unique alliance with the United Nations Association of the USA.

A 1975 graduate of Seton Hall (BA, Psychology), Shannon also received the MBA (1977) and the JD (1982) degrees from the University.

Shannon’s consulting activities focus on executive coaching, business planning and development, corporate strategy and governance and information privacy issues.

Throughout his career, he has served the community. He is presently a member of the investment committee of the Marist Brothers Benoit and Gregoire Trusts. He is the past chair of the Board of Trustees of Orange Mountain Healthcare, Inc. and The Hospital Center at Orange. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.