Leavey Challenge Goal Exceeded
I am pleased to report that the University will receive a $1 million challenge grant from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, thanks to the Santa Clara family who rose to the Leavey Challenge. With over 9,000 undergraduate alumni making a gift, we exceeded our Leavey Challenge goal set in July 2012 and reached a 25% participation rate. I am deeply grateful to the alumni among our faculty and staff who helped us meet the challenge! The generosity of our alumni donors and that of the Leavey Foundation help pay it forward to our current and future students who will experience the same transformative education that our alumni experienced. Part of that education is the legacy of generosity and the habit of gratitude which are at the heart of the Bronco family. Thank you for your personal commitment to our students and your spirit of generosity that benefits others.
Trustees Held Spring Meeting on June 7
At the annual spring meeting of the Board of Trustees held on June 7, the Board voted in three new trustees. Steve Sordello ’92, Rich Haughey ’72 and Rachel Manfre ’09 will join the Board, while current members Regis McKenna, Mike Splinter, and Austin Woody step down from the Board as their terms expire. Kirk Syme ’80 also joins the Board, ex officio, as Chair of the Board of Regents, replacing outgoing Regents’ Chair Patti Boitano ‘71.
The Board reelected corporate officers Peggy Bradshaw (Vice Chair), Larry Sonsini (Secretary), John Ottoboni (Assistant Secretary), Molly McDonald (Assistant Secretary), Jack Lewis (Treasurer), Bob Warren (Assistant Treasurer) and Harry Fong (Assistant Treasurer). They will join corporate officer Bob Finocchio, who continues his term as Chair of the Trustees.
The Board also approved a series of action items. In addition to the approval of the conferral of degrees for the undergraduate and graduate Class of 2013, the Board approved two revisions to the Faculty Handbook that were put forward by the Trustee Academic Affairs Committee. One change clarifies a set of procedures related to modified duties during a leave. The second revision clarifies the definitions of tenure track and non-tenure track faculty. The Trustee Governance and Nominating Committee recommended to the Board proposed amendments to the Bylaws of the University relating to changes in the election process for membership on the Trustee Executive Committee. The Board approved the recommended amendments, effective immediately.
Provost Dennis Jacobs led a discussion of the draft Educational Vision document. Peggy Bradshaw, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, updated the Board on the Facilities Master Plan and summarized the major building and construction efforts underway. Mike Wallace reported on the status of donor giving and highlighted the progress towards meeting the Leavey Challenge. To close the Discussion part of the meeting, Art Liebscher, S.J. offered his reflections on the newly elected Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis.
Patti Boitano delivered a report on behalf of the Board of Regents and summarized the recent Regents meeting. Outgoing president of the Faculty Senate Barbara Molony reported on the council’s activities of the past academic year and introduced Juliana Chang as the incoming president of the Faculty Senate. Jenna Saso, outgoing president of Associated Student Government (ASG), reported on key areas that student leaders emphasized throughout the past year and introduced the new ASG president, Judith Martinez. Following the business meeting, Jenna, Judith and other student leaders joined the Board for lunch.
President’s Office Staff Move to Temporary Location
Summer has just about begun and with it come many facilities projects around campus. Due to renovations, the President’s Office staff has temporarily moved from our current offices in Walsh Administration Building to the craftsman house at 1072 Alviso Street. We shall be located at our temporary offices through August 27 and can be reached at our regular phone numbers. Should you have any questions about contacting the staff at our temporary location, please call the office at (408) 554-4100.
Thank you for a Successful Commencement Weekend
Thank you to all who played a part in the great success of Commencement weekend. Each event took massive effort and would not have been successful without your great collaboration and teamwork. I thank all of you who worked so hard, giving well over 100%, to make Commencement a memorable milestone for our graduates and their families. The dedication of our community in working together for our students is what makes Santa Clara University a special place. I am grateful to all of you who contributed to the very successful culminating events of the academic year.
President's Athletic Commission Appointed
As part of the University’s strategic planning process, I recently appointed a 12-member task force to review the role of Santa Clara’s intercollegiate athletic program in advancing the mission and vision of the University. The President’s Athletic Commission will consider a series of questions such as: To what extent can an enhanced and improved intercollegiate athletic program significantly increase SCU’s national (and local) reputation as a leading Jesuit, Catholic University? And what resources would be necessary to do so? In their deliberations around these and other questions, the commission will also consult with other advisory groups and University departments, and work with an outside consultant, Todd Turner. The Department of Athletics and Recreation and other units will provide the commission with relevant data, targeted input, and other pertinent information. John Ottoboni ‘69 (University Legal Counsel) will staff the commission.
University trustee John M. Sobrato ‘83, is chairing the commission, which includes members Penny Alexander ‘82 (Regent), Michael Crowley (President, Oakland A’s), Patti Ernstrom (San Jose Sports Authority), Caren Horstmeyer ‘84 , Brent Jones ’85, Mary Mathews-Stevens ‘84 (Trustee), Gary Neustadter, (Faculty member and chair of the SCU Athletic Advisory Board), Marc Rebboah ‘81 , (Regent), Kristi Saso (SCU parent), Andy Schatzman, ‘83 (president, Bronco Bench Foundation), and Maria Nash Vaughn ‘86 (Regent). They will hold their first meeting on June 17 and will submit a final report with recommendations to me by December 15, 2013. I thank the members of the commission for agreeing to serve the University in this capacity, and I look forward to their report and recommended next steps.