Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

    Board of Trustees Meeting, February 14, 2014

    The Board of trustees voted on and approved several action items at their winter meeting on February 14. As you know, one of the actions was the decision on the appeal submitted by the Faculty Senate. The full decision was emailed by Bob Finocchio, chair of the trustees, to all faculty and staff shortly after the meeting.

    The board also approved a balanced budget for 2014-2015, which I am pleased to report includes a merit pay pool of 3% for faculty and staff. This is very good news, especially given that this represents an increase in the merit pool over the last few years. I am grateful to the budget and finance team for their work in preparing a fiscally sound budget.

    In other actions, the board elected a new trustee, Wim Roelandts ‘04 Hon. A veteran of the Silicon Valley tech industry, Mr. Roelandts served as president, CEO and Chair of the board at Xilinx. He and his wife, Maria Constantino-Roelandts, have been staunch supporters of Santa Clara, and we are grateful to Mr. Roelandts for joining the board.

    The board also approved the conferral of degrees on those students who have completed their course of study for commencement in June.

    The meeting included presentations by Provost Dennis Jacobs, Jim Lyons, Vice President for University Relations, and Michael Weiler, S.J., Provincial of the California Province of the Society of Jesus. Provost Jacobs gave an update on the Integrated Strategic Plan, and Jim Lyons presented on planning for a capital campaign. Father Weiler briefed the trustees on developments in the Province and in the Society across the country. He facilitated a very engaging conversation with the trustees, sharing with us his insights and encouragement.

    In other reports, Judith Martinez, president of the Associated Student Government, updated the trustees on student activities on campus; Juliana Chang, president of the Faculty Senate Council, reported on faculty issues; and Kirk Syme, chair of the Board of Regents, gave an update on the work of the Regents since the fall.

  •  Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

    What's Ahead on My Calendar

    • February 26 - President’s Office Open House
    • February 27 - “Lunch with an Administrator”
    • February 28 - Town Hall Meeting
    • March 1 - Cardinal’s Award Dinner, Los Angeles
    • March 5 - GTU Council of Presidents Meeting
    • March 8 - Golden Circle Theatre Party
    • March 10 - “Lunch with an Administrator”
    • March 17 - Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Dinner, Los Angeles
    • March 19 - Founder’s Day
    • March 19 - Silicon Valley Leadership Group Quarterly Meeting
    • March 20 - L.A. Santa Claran of the Year, Los Angeles


  •  Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    19 February 2014

    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    At the State of the University address this afternoon, I announced the creation of a dynamic website that provides details about Santa Clara 2020, the University's new Integrated Strategic Plan. By integrating the University's enrollment, facilities, and strategic plans in an unparalleled fashion, it honors our historical mission while building upon our core strengths and opportunities.

    I encourage you to explore the website and visit it periodically to learn about all efforts, large and small, to advance the vision and strategic directions of Santa Clara 2020. In addition, I invite you to attend one of the town hall meetings scheduled on the following days when the Integrated Strategic Plan will be presented and discussed with the campus community. 

    Town Hall #1
    Tuesday, February 25 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
    Location: Recital Hall

    Town Hall #2
    Friday,February 28 from 11:45 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
    Location: Recital Hall

    Town Hall #3
    Monday, March 3 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.
    Location: Williman Room

    Town Hall #4
    Thursday, March 6 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
    Location: Kennedy Common

    I hope you will attend one of the town hall meetings and explore the website to learn more about Santa Clara 2020.

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.


  •  Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    Dear Members of the University Community,

    I am happy to announce that Ed Dowd '72, a veteran real-estate investor, financier, and CEO, has donated $12 million to Santa Clara University to help build the new art and art history building on campus. The new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building will further expose the undergraduate community to creativity and innovation. With studio space, classrooms, gallery displays, a sculpture garden, and ample space for the community and visiting scholars and artists to congregate, the new building is part of campus plans for a vibrant arts-focused quadrant of the University. We are very grateful that Mr. Dowd has so generously provided this important foundation upon which Santa Clara will build the new home for art and art history on campus.  

    For more details about Mr. Dowd's gift and the new building, please see the press release.


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

    State of the University

    The annual State of the University will be held on Wednesday, February 19, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church. I invite and encourage you to attend the University-wide event as we gather as a community and look towards Santa Clara’s future.  A focus of my address will be on the great work underway in strategic planning across campus.

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