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Fr. William J. Rewak, Chancellor of Santa Clara University

Fr. William J. Rewak

William J. Rewak, S.J., is Chancellor of Santa Clara University.

He arrived at Santa Clara as an Assistant Professor of English in 1970 after earning a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Minnesota. He was appointed Rector of the Jesuit Community in 1971 and a member of the Board of Trustees. The Board elected him President in 1976; in 1988, he left Santa Clara and after a sabbatical year at Harvard was elected President of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he stayed for eight years. He then was appointed Director of the Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos, California; after seven years he moved to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he taught poetry and worked as an administrator in the Jesuit Community. He returned to Santa Clara as Chancellor in July of 2011.  He has published articles on literary criticism, theology, and higher education. His first book of poetry is entitled, “The Right Taxi,” his second, “The Orphan Bear.” Besides poetry, additional interests include photography, American history, and mystery novels.

Is Stephen Hawking Right About Death?

By Fr. William Rewak
We all have to confront it - that dark specter standing by the door beckoning us to enter . . . what? Every religion worth its salt has to...
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Yes, Art is Essential to Learning

By Fr. William Rewak
A couple students recently walked by one of the sculptures on campus; they stopped and looked. One of them said, "That's the ugliest thing...
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SCU: Silicon Valley's first start-up

By Fr. William Rewak
The success of Silicon Valley depends on a mindset that can imagine new technologies and new relationships and has a compulsion to make the...
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Can a Squirrel and a Monkey Be Friends?

By Fr. William Rewak
Mark Twain tells the story of the differences he found between the animal world and the human world. Animals, he said, are more reasonable...
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"Who Put That Crease In Your Soul?"

By Fr. William Rewak
Sometime in the mid-70's, out on the Llyn Peninsula in northwestern Wales, looking out on the Irish Sea, an old Anglican priest, a fervid...
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Poetry vs. The Silicon Chip

By Fr. William Rewak
Can poems live and prosper inside our frenzied air of technology? Of course they can.There is a myth that the world of technology...
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