Marc D. Larkins, J.D. '97
As head of the Schools Development Authority (SDA), Marc Larkins oversees the state agency that is responsible for managing the State of New Jersey's school construction program.
Governor Chris Christie ’87 appointed Marc Larkins to be the SDA’s next CEO in January 2010. Since taking the position, he has been implementing the state school construction program while emphasizing efficiency and accountability.
“My hope is to build a school construction program that the taxpayer can be proud of, providing the most up-to-date and educationally adequate facilities and ensuring that the taxpayer’s have pride in what the state can achieve in terms of dollars,” he said. “The things I find most rewarding about this job are the opportunities to do good for this state.”
He found the atmosphere at Seton Hall Law very collegial and noted that the school connected him to a network of individuals throughout the U.S. “I met so many of these people just through their commitment to helping Seton Hall Law students and not because I had a class with them,” he said.
Before joining the SDA, Larkins had been an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. Prior to that, he had been a trial attorney in the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for The District of Columbia. After graduating Seton Hall Law, Larkins served as a law clerk to Justice James H. Colman Jr. of the New Jersey Supreme Court and Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
An Irvington, New Jersey native, he graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory High School and Seton Hall University before attending Seton Hall Law. “I had such a fantastic time at each of the previous institutions and I was offered a scholarship. Additionally, I wanted to stay local and I always wanted to serve my community,” he said. “Obviously, the education I received from the law school certainly prepared me for my career,” Larkins said.