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.

Kevin O'Brien, S.J.image

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.

Debbie Tahmassebiimage

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.

Don Heiderimage

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.

Thane Kreinerimage

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.

Ruth Davisimage

Acting Co-Dean, School of Engineering

Ruth Davis

Dr. Davis is the Lee and Seymour Graff Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Engineering at Santa Clara University.

Christopher Kittsimage

Acting Co-Dean, School of Engineering

Christopher Kitts

Prof. Kitts runs an aggressive field robotics program specializing in the design, control and teleoperation of highly capable robotic system for scientific discovery, technology validation, and engineering education.

Alex Zecevicimage

Acting Co-Dean, School of Engineering

Alex Zecevic

Dr. Zecevic's technical research interests include graph theoretic decomposition algorithms, electric power systems, Boolean networks and the control of complex dynamic systems.