SANTA CLARA, CA– Dec. 21, 2006. Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, Superior General for the Society of Jesus, has appointed Santa Clara University President Paul Locatelli, S.J., as the Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus, (Jesuits), effective Jan. 1, 2007.
As Secretary for Higher Education, Locatelli will convene meetings of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education (ICJHE), plan periodic meetings of Jesuit University Presidents, and encourage programs of collaboration among Jesuit universities. “He will provide me important perspectives on higher education,” Kolvenbach said.
Because this position is part-time, Locatelli will continue as president of Santa Clara University.
The Jesuits are one of the largest religious orders of men in the Catholic Church. The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola, a Basque nobleman and soldier. Today there are an estimated 20,000 Jesuits serving the Church in 112 nations on six continents. In the United States, there are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and 46 high schools and an estimated 133 Jesuit institutions of higher education across the world.
“I am grateful for the honor and for the confidence Fr. Kolvenbach has in me. This appointment speaks well for the Santa Clara University community because without the commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship as a Jesuit university by faculty, staff, students, trustees, and friends, I would not have been selected,” Locatelli said.
“It’s a great honor for Fr. Paul and for Santa Clara University. I look forward to seeing his wisdom, experience and advice help the greater Jesuit Community accomplish their goals in Jesuit higher education,” said A.C. (Mike) Markkula, chairman of the board of trustees at Santa Clara University.
About Paul Locatelli, S.J.
Paul Locatelli, S.J. has been the president of Santa Clara University since 1988 and has written or spoken on topics ranging from service-learning in accounting, Jesuit education in a globalizing world, educating for justice, Catholic education in the 21st century, globalization: integration and solidarity, to the role of the teaching scholar.
Among his awards are the 1994 Distinguished Professor of the Year by the California Society of CPAs; in 2005, the Distinguished Service award from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley; the Exemplary Community Leadership Award from the National Conference of Community and Justice/Silicon Valley chapter; and the Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
Locatelli previously served as academic vice president and associate dean of business at SCU, as well as a member of the accounting department faculty. He received a baccalaureate degree from Santa Clara, a doctorate of business administration from the University of Southern California in 1971, and a master of divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1974. He became a Jesuit in 1962 and was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1974.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,400 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the second-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master’s universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at www.scu.edu.