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 Vice President for University Relations to Step Down

Santa Clara University’s Vice President for University Relations Jim Purcell plans to step down from his post next year after 13 successful years directing the University’s fundraising and external-relations efforts.

Under Purcell’s leadership, Santa Clara University has seen its endowment more than double, its campus transformed by six major capital projects, its alumni participation strengthened and improved, and its media presence enhanced.

“Santa Clara University owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Jim Purcell for his many accomplishments over the thirteen years that he has led the University Relations office. We have been blessed by his inspiring dedication, humanity, and passion for SCU,” said Michael Engh, S.J., president of SCU. “He has been a successful leader, administrator, and spokesperson in advancing the goals of the University in countless ways. My best wishes and congratulations go out to Jim for this next phase of his professional career.” Read more.

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