Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Friday, Jun. 8, 2012

    Board of Trustees Meeting Held on June 1

    On June 1, the Board of Trustees held their spring meeting on campus and approved a variety of actions that affect the life of our campus.

    Five new trustees with exceptional experience and a long history of dedication and loyalty to Santa Clara were voted to the board. Kristi M. Bowers '90, MBA '97, Howard S. Charney, MBA '73, J.D. '77, Mary Mathews-Stevens ’84, Jeffrey A. Miller '73, MBA '76, and Betsy S. Rafael ’83 will join the 40 current trustees. We are honored to welcome the new members of the board and grateful for their commitment to serve. 

    The board also voted for new corporate officers, reelecting both Bob Finocchio as chair and Peggy Bradshaw as vice chair. Other officers elected include Larry Sonsini (Secretary), John Ottoboni (Assistant Secretary), Molly McDonald (Assistant Secretary), Jack Lewis (Treasurer), Bob Warren (Assistant Treasurer) and Harry Fong (Assistant Treasurer).

    In other actions, the board approved a proposal from the School of Engineering for a new master’s degree and a new academic department in BioEngineering. Implementation is planned for fall 2012. The board also approved the 2012 honorary degree recipients and commencement speaker for this year’s commencement exercises. Michael J. Buckley, S.J. and Mary Somers Edmunds will receive honorary degrees and Steve Wozniak will deliver the commencement address as well as receive an honorary degree.

    Mick McCarthy, S.J., Executive Director of the Ignatian Center, returned to the board to present his third talk in the three-part series, “Education as Spiritual Exercises.” In response to a request from the trustees for an update on athletics, Dan Coonan, Athletic Director, briefed trustees on the mission, structure, budget, facilities and student involvement in the athletics program.

    The Faculty Senate Council president-elect Barbara Molony and Associated Student Government (ASG) outgoing president Courtney Seymour reported on the activities of their respective groups. Courtney introduced to the board the incoming ASG president, Jenna Saso.

    Following the business meeting, student leaders joined the board members for lunch. The various presentations, the lunch with groups on campus and other components of the board meetings are all part of an ongoing effort to enrich the trustees’ experiences with the University and the dedicated members that make up our community.  Thank you to all who played a part in making the meeting a great success. 


  •  Tuesday, May. 22, 2012

    On Tuesday, May 22, the University Coordinating Committee (UCC) and I hosted an open forum on shared governance to listen to feedback on the document, "Recommendations to Enhance Shared Governance." I am grateful to all who attended for their thoughtful questions and constructive suggestions about the document, which was distributed to all faculty and staff in an email on May 17. If you were unable to attend the forum and have comments on the document, we invite you to send your feedback to Mike Meyer, chair of the UCC, by Friday, May 25. Following the UCC meeting on May 30, a revised draft will be prepared based on the feedback received. We will then send faculty and staff an online survey to gauge support of the revised recommendations. Our hope is that these recommendations will be agreed upon for ultimate adoption and implementation beginning in the fall.

  •  Monday, May. 21, 2012

    Each year Santa Clara University is invited to nominate students for the Panetta Congressional Internship Program.  The program offers students the opportunity to live in Washington, D.C. and work on Capitol Hill with members of the California congressional delegation. I am pleased that this year, Victor Republicano ’13 was selected to participate in the internship. Victor is a Classical Studies major, a member of the SCU Honors Program as well as the ACE Dean’s Leadership Program, and has an impressive record of volunteer service. Congratulations to Victor!

  •  Monday, May. 21, 2012

    After 56 years in residence at the Santa Clara Jesuit Community, Professor Emeritus Fr. Carl Hayn recently moved to the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.  A long-time faculty member in the Physics Department, Fr. Hayn began teaching at Santa Clara in 1955.  The longevity of his career at Santa Clara is marked by the thousands of students who have taken his classes and the hundreds of faculty and staff who have counted him as a friend, colleague and dedicated member of the University community.  If you would like to send Fr. Hayn a note in his retirement, he can be reached at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031-0068. 

  •  Monday, May. 21, 2012

    Procurement Consolidation Initiative (PCI)

    Dear Colleagues,

    As part of our ongoing commitment to improve operations at Santa Clara University, we are partnering with Loyola Marymount University, University of San Francisco and Seattle University to launch an initiative to analyze our procurement processes, create group purchasing to reduce costs, and improve service to our internal customers.  The President’s Staff is fully committed to this Procurement Consolidation Initiative (PCI) and asks for the collective support, expertise and involvement of our varied internal stakeholders to make it successful. 

    The PCI will be implemented in phases to effectively collect and analyze data, determine needs and then take timely action to expedite obvious benefits.  In the near term, the President’s Staff will create a steering committee to identify and oversee teams that will analyze our procurement strengths, limitations and weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SLOT) across the range of our operations. 

    Once the PCI analysis is fully underway, a consultant supporting the four partner institutions will facilitate implementation to bring about the collective improvements.  The consultant will visit campus and actively engage our stakeholders and leadership team in the process.  This will help ensure that the unique needs and expectations of Santa Clara are balanced and met to the greatest extent possible with those of our partner institutions.

    The PCI is an important opportunity for Santa Clara University to find ways of improving operations, increasing options, and reducing costs.  Our efforts in the coming months will yield valuable recommendations and improvements that will contribute to our competitive advantage as an institution and help us meet the ongoing needs of our faculty, staff and students. 


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

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