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Santa Clara University's Paul Locatelli, S.J., receives 2009 David Packard Award

Monday, Feb. 23, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 23 — Santa Clara University's Chancellor and former president Paul Locatelli, S.J., received the 2009 David Packard Award from Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network on Friday, Feb. 20.

“It's humbling to receive this award and be counted among the distinguished previous award recipients,” Locatelli said. “It was a privilege to have known both David Packard and Bill Hewlett. The David Packard award connects well the ideal of Joint Venture with Santa Clara and this Valley.”

The David Packard Award is presented annually by Joint Venture to honor a person who “brings an entrepreneurial, cross-boundary, problem-solving approach” to the region's challenges. “Recipients embody the spirit of David Packard, Silicon Valley's legendary pioneer who set the highest standard for civic engagement,” the award sponsors say.

Locatelli is credited with connecting Santa Clara University with society at large and with the entrepreneurs and companies that have so profoundly shaped the Silicon Valley.

“Santa Clara's strong academic programs, together with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Center for Science Technology and Society and its partnership with corporations like Applied Materials and The Tech, directly contribute to the vitality and integrity of our Valley and world by working to construct a more humane, just and sustainable world for all, rich and poor alike,” Locatelli said.

Locatelli stepped down in December 2008 as president of SCU, a post he held for 20 years. He took on an expanded role in Rome as Secretary of Higher Education for the Society of Jesus. Michael Engh, S.J., the university's new president, also appointed him Chancellor to continue advancing Santa Clara's global initiatives, an appointment approved by the SCU's Board of Trustees.

The David Packard Award showcases and honors people who think expansively about the region and act on a keen sense of civic responsibility. 

The award was presented during the Accenture Leadership Luncheon at the State of the Valley conference on Friday, Feb. 20.

The State of the Valley is a conference convened by Joint Venture as a forum for discussing the health and future of the region. For more information, visit

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