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School Deans and Center Directors

  • Caryn Beck-Dudley

    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.

  • Sabrina Zirkel

    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.

  • Lisa Kloppenberg

    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.

  • Kevin O'Brien, S.J.

    Dean, Jesuit School of Theology

    Kevin O'Brien, S.J.

    Fr. Kevin O'Brien is a Jesuit priest with a background in theology, philosophy, and law. O'Brien was formerly at Georgetown University, where he was the Vice President for Mission and Ministry.

  • Alfonso Ortega

    Dean, School of Engineering

    Alfonso Ortega

    Dr. Alfonso Ortega is a renowned expert in the field of thermal sciences and a passionate advocate for engineering education. Ortega came to SCU from Villanova University, where he was the James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology.

  • Debbie Tahmassebi

    Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

    Debbie Tahmassebi

    An organic chemist, Tahmassebi studies novel nucleosides and amino-acid derivatives. She previously served as associate dean of program development at the University of San Diego.

  • Kirk Hanson

    Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

    Kirk Hanson

    Hanson writes on managing the ethical and public behavior of corporations and was a pioneer in the study of business ethics and business responsibility. Previously he taught in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

  • Thane Kreiner

    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.

  • Dorian Llywelyn, S.J.

    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.