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SCU welcomes new provost, Lucia Albino Gilbert

Santa Clara, Calif. Oct. 2, 2006. This fall, Santa Clara University is welcoming several new senior administrators to campus; among them is Lucia Albino Gilbert, SCU’s new provost.

When Gilbert first read the job description for the position of provost at SCU, she felt that many of the qualities the University was seeking were ones she possessed—things like strong involvement with undergraduate education, leadership skills, and attention to the growth of the whole person. But it was the social justice mission of the University that really ignited her interest.

“How to bring about change so that there’s greater justice in the world is very important to me,” says the new provost. Previously she was vice provost for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Gilbert says she also likes the philosophy of  “educating people for competence, compassion, and conscience—I just think that’s so important.”

Gilbert plans to put all of that into action in her new position, but says “my very first job is to really learn about the institution in a much deeper way than you can by visiting and reading.” So far, she likes what she sees. “Things at Santa Clara are already wonderful. It’s a fabulous undergraduate institution. It has excellent graduate programs. But I think they’re wanting, as all institutions are, to move to the next step.” What that next step is should become apparent as she delves into her new responsibilities, she says.

Although Gilbert has never lived in California, she’s visited often. She hopes to get up to the zinfandel vineyards of the Russian River Valley more frequently than she could while living in Texas. Gilbert replaces Denise Carmody who served as the University’s provost from 2000-2006.

Along with the new provost, SCU is welcoming the following senior administrators to its community this fall:

Monica Augustin, University Registrar
Previous position: Registrar, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

Monica Augustin brings a wealth of experience to SCU. For the last seven years, Augustin has been registrar at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She has also served as registrar at the College of William & Mary and at Pomona College. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Oakwood College, a master’s degree in counselor education from California State University, Sacramento, and additional graduate work in higher education administration from Claremont Graduate University.

Simone Billings, Assistant to the President
Previous position: English professor, Santa Clara University, California

Simone Billings has been at SCU since 1980 as a senior lecturer in the English department, and she knows the university well. She will continue on the faculty, teaching courses in English, while working in the President’s Office. She recently served as president of the Faculty Senate and for several years was director of academic advising of freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. Billings replaces George Giacomini, who served as the assistant to the president for 21 years.

Richard Giacchetti, Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Previous position: AVP Marketing and Communications, Seattle University, Washington

At Seattle University, Richard Giacchetti worked closely with the president, deans, directors, and trustees to implement a plan that led to dramatic increases in visibility for Seattle University. Prior to higher education, Giacchetti was a marketing executive with GE, Polaroid, and International Paper.

Lester F. Goodchild, Dean of the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries
Previous position: Dean of the Graduate School of Education and professor of higher education, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Lester Goodchild earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of St. Thomas, his master’s in religious studies from Indiana University, and a master’s of divinity from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Southern Indiana. He was ordained to the diaconate for the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., and served in two parishes. Interested in advanced study, he then completed a doctorate at the University of Chicago with a specialization in the study of higher education.

Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Director of the Ignatian  Center for Jesuit Education
Previous position: Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Senior Research Fellow/Faculty Affiliate, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Washington, D.C.

In addition to his juris doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law, Kevin Quinn, S.J., also holds a doctorate in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a licentiate in sacred theology with a concentration in moral theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Loyola Marymount University, Canisius College, and Le Moyne College and on the Board of Counselors at the University of San Francisco Law School.

John Robert Treacy, S.J. ’77, Director of Campus Ministry
Previous position: Rector of the Jesuit Community, University of San Francisco, California

John Treacy, S.J., studied history at Santa Clara University where he graduated cum laude. He went on to receive a master’s degree in humanites from Fordham University,   a master’s in divinity from Weston School of Thelogy, and a master’s of theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkely. While serving as rector of the Jesuit Community at the University of San Francisco, he established and chaired the USF Jesuit Foundation Committee that awarded more than 80 mission-focused grants totaling $375,000 to faculty and staff.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,397 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 higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at



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