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Santa Clara’s top administrators lead by example.

They embody and celebrate our values, honor our history and traditions, and engage with the campus community to shape a vision for SCU’s future.

University leadership is comprised of the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and the President's Cabinet. The Cabinet serves as an advisory board to the President on matters of strategic importance and on issues as requested by the President.

University President

Kevin O’Brien, S.J., is Santa Clara University’s 29th president. He serves as the chief executive officer with overall responsibility for its operational affairs. 

University Administrators

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William J. Rewak, S.J.

Chancellor Emeritus

Former SCU president William J. Rewak, S.J., served as chancellor and assisted President Michael Engh, S.J., in vital areas such as civic engagement, fundraising, community outreach, and ceremonial events.

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Lisa Kloppenberg

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Lisa Kloppenberg is a well-known expert in constitutional law and Appropriate Dispute Resolution. Previous to SCU, she served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Dayton. In addition to her role as interim provost, Kloppenberg currently serves as dean for the School of Law.

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Renee Baumgartner

Athletics Director

Renee Baumgartner, Ph.D., is the Director of Athletics. Reporting directly to the President, Dr. Baumgartner oversees the administration of all Division I sports at Santa Clara. 

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Michael Crowley

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Michael Crowley is vice president for finance and administration, reporting directly to the president. He is the senior officer responsible for supporting the core activities of the University.

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James C. Lyons

Vice President for University Relations

Jim Lyons leads the University’s fundraising, government relations, alumni relations, and marketing and communications activities. 

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Molly A. McDonald

Chief of Staff

Molly McDonald serves as chief of staff to President Kevin O’Brien, S.J. and advises the president on University matters as well as external matters. 

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John M. Ottoboni

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Legal Counsel

Reporting to the President, John Ottoboni provides legal counsel, guidance and policy analysis to the University, its President and Board of Trustees, senior administrative and academic officers, and other constituent units.

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Mike B. Sexton

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Mike Sexton has overall responsibility for Undergraduate Admission, University Financial Aid Services, and the Enrollment Services Center (OneStop). 

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