A Message from the President - March 2014

In this month’s newsletter, I share some news about our trustees. I am pleased to announce that Mr. Bob Finocchio ‘73, chair of the Board of Trustees, has been named one of eight “Outstanding Directors” by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Santa Clara University has a tremendous asset in Mr. Finocchio, with his vast corporate governance experience and involvement in our Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. We join the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal in celebrating him. For more information about Mr. Finocchio and his contributions that earned him this prestigious award, please see the press release.

We are honored and gratified, also, to welcome Wim Roelandts ‘04 Hon, as a new member of the Board of Trustees. A veteran of the Silicon Valley tech industry, Mr. Roelandts served as president, CEO and Chair of the board at Xilinx. He and his wife, Maria Constantino-Roelandts, have been staunch supporters of Santa Clara with years of dedication and loyalty. Mr. Roelandts’ executive experience, technological knowledge, and passion for social justice will be great assets to us as we advance our integrated strategic planning and capital projects. The University press release gives more information about Mr. Roelandts, his wealth of experience and his service to Santa Clara.

These honors add to the list of good news that Santa Clara has enjoyed recently. The gifts from Ed Dowd ‘72 for the new art and art history building and from Victor and Julia Botto Vari for the arts and humanities are wonderful signs of great momentum at Santa Clara. And the momentum is growing. I would like to highlight the special contributions from the Jesuit community of Santa Clara. They recently made a major gift of $550,000 to endow a Center for the Arts and the Humanities. This gift recognizes the deep commitment of the Jesuits to education in the liberal arts. Their generosity towards the University has been sustained for decades and is quite notable. In the past 45 years, the Jesuit Community has contributed in excess of $40 million to the University from the surplus of their salaries. It gives me great pride to know that the Jesuit Community stands beside the University in its support for the vision of Santa Clara’s future. More importantly, their generosity is a source of deep gratitude - thank you from Santa Clara University.


Michael E. Engh, S.J.