Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

    Dear Faculty and Staff,
    If you have not yet reviewed the final report from the Governance Task Force, I encourage you to do so. As many of you know, the report is the culmination of the task force's work on the governance process at Santa Clara. The report with recommendations, appendices and a one-page outline is available on the Governancce website at  To access the website, log in with your Novell userid and password.
    Comments on the report and its recommendations are welcome and encouraged. Your feedback may be submitted through October 28, 2011, using the anonymous online form on the website. The University Coordinating Committee  (UCC) and I will discuss the University-wide feedback in December 2011.  A summary of the feedback and next steps for implementing any proposed changes will be announced in January.
    Thank you in advance for taking the time to review the report and participating in the governance process by sharing your feedback.

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

    Dear Staff and Faculty,
    We received the news that Dean Brackley, S.J., faculty member at University of Central America (UCA) with close ties to Santa Clara University, died in El Salvador on Sunday, October 16, after a struggle with cancer. We join with Dean's family and the UCA community in mourning his death.  We celebrate the life he lived, always working for the Kingdom of God and dedicated to the Society of Jesus, the UCA, and the people of El Salvador. He will be profoundly missed.
    Dean joined the theology faculty at UCA after the 1989 murder of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter by Salvadoran military troops. His ties to Santa Clara University run deep - as brother to the Jesuit community, as inspiration for the Casa de la Solidaridad program in San Salvador, as professor and mentor to the many SCU students studying at Casa, and as host and lecturer to SCU faculty and staff on immersion trips. Dean's was a prophetic voice challenging communities to live the Gospel message through simplified living, "downward mobility," and advocacy and action on behalf of the poor and marginalized people of the world. The many delegations of students, church leaders and journalists whom he hosted in El Salvador saw the world through new perspectives that transformed their world views.

    To remember Dean and celebrate his life, the University community is invited to join in prayer at the noon Mass on Wednesday, October 19 in the Mission Church. As a community of faith, we pray for his peace in the Lord and ask God for the comfort and consolation of his family.

    To honor Dean, donations are being accepted to assist students in the becarios program at Casa de la Solidaridad. Dean was instrumental in creating this special program in which Salvadoran students, known as Romero Scholars, work alongside students from the United States studying at the Casa. Donations can be made payable to Santa Clara University and sent to:
    Santa Clara University
    c/o Dean Brackley, S.J. Scholarship
    President's Office
    Santa Clara University
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95050

    Please hold Dean in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.


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