Santa Clara University

Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

In addition to working with Father Locatelli at Santa Clara University, I had the privilege of serving with him on the board of directors of the American Leadership Forum (ALF). When he served as the chair of the board, he was practical as well as visionary, a strong but very inclusive leader. Several years later I was selected to serve in the same position, during a time of much change in the organization --we were in the wake of the dot-com crash while launching a major fundraising campaign. I drew upon Father Locatelli's leadership lessons and his commitment to the greater community. I was reminded of the importance of relationships, and the need for patience. Father Locatelli will be remembered as an extraordinary university president, but his good work and positive influence went far beyond our adobe walls.