A Message from the President - February 2014

The University is blessed with generous donors who support our students and programs that reflect our unique Jesuit Catholic education and heritage. The recent $12M gift from Ed Dowd ’72 for the new art and art history building was welcome news for all of us at Santa Clara and will enhance the role of arts education here. Fundraising for the $26M art building began a few years ago, and now, Mr. Dowd’s gift has made it that much closer. Untold numbers of students, faculty, staff, members of the arts community and local residents will benefit from the arts center and the creative energy that will flourish here.

Every gift matters to Santa Clara’s success, and I take special note of the many donors who give gifts of $100 or less throughout the year. Just in the month of December alone we saw the number of such gifts reach 1,914 for a total amount of $100,341. For all of 2013, we received 7,794 gifts of $100 or less that amounted to $326,983. These gifts clearly add up! They are a measure of the many generous alumni and friends who believe in the work of Santa Clara and see great things to come.

On February 19, I will have an opportunity to talk about our bright future in the annual State of the University address. A focus of my talk will be on the great work underway in our integrated strategic plan for Santa Clara. The coalescing of layers of enrollment, facilities, and strategic planning is taking place in conversations with faculty and staff across campus and among the various boards. Provost Dennis Jacobs is leading the way and engaging many in the discussions. As a member of our Board of Trustees described the planning documents in the early stages, “This is a very compelling case and wonderful plan for the future. We have something that we are very passionate about.” I echo that sentiment and look forward to sharing our plans with broader audiences in the coming months. To begin that process, I invite you to view the State of the University which will be streamed live and available on the SCU Homepage (www.scu.edu) on February 19 at 4:00 p.m.


Michael E. Engh, S.J.