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School Deans and Center Directors

Caryn Beck-Dudleyimage

Dean, Leavey School of Business

Caryn Beck-Dudley

Beck-Dudley is an established scholar in employment law and the design of ethical organizations. Previously, she served as dean of business schools at Florida State University and Utah State University.

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Dean, School of Education and Counseling Psychology

Sabrina Zirkel

Zirkel is a well-established scholar who studies race, ethnicity, gender, and class across all sectors of education. Prior to SCU, Zirkel served as Associate Dean in the School of Education at Mills College.

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Dean, School of Law

Lisa Kloppenberg

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.

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Interim Dean, Jesuit School of Theology

Alison Benders

Alison Benders will serve as interim dean during the 2019–20 academic year. Benders joined the Jesuit School of Theology in 2014 as associate dean.

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Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Terri Peretti

An expert on the Supreme Court and U.S. politics, Terri Peretti’s current research focuses on election law. She has taught in the Political Science Department for over 30 years and has served as associate dean and acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Don Heider

Heider is the John Courtney Murray, S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics as well as professor of communication. Previously he was associate provost and dean of the School of Communication at Loyola University in Chicago.

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Executive Director, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Thane Kreiner

Before coming to SCU, Kreiner spent 17 years in the biotech industry, starting several companies as CEO. He focuses on working with science and technology purely for social benefit.

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Executive Director, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

Dorian Llywelyn, S.J.

Fr. Llywelyn has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Christian spirituality, theology and culture, and ecclesiology and ecumenism. He was formerly at Loyola Marymount University.

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Dean, School of Engineering

Elaine Scott

Elaine Scott joins Santa Clara University as dean of the School of Engineering in August 2019. Previously, she was the founding dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) at the University of Washington in Bothell.