November 2013

Trustees Re-Elect Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J., to Second Term

The Santa Clara University Board of Trustees has approved the re-election of President Michael Engh, S.J., for a second six-year term.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 20, 2013— The Santa Clara University Board of Trustees has approved the re-election of President Michael Engh, S.J., for a second six-year term.

“We are excited to have the leadership of Fr. Engh for another term as president, as the University moves forward with the implementation of its strategic plan,” said Chair of the Board of Trustees, Robert Finoccchio, Jr.   “During Fr. Engh’s first term, Santa Clara has made significant progress strengthening academic programs, providing outreach to the community, recruiting new students, and enhancing the facilities and grounds on campus.”  

Engh became president of Santa Clara University in 2009. His second term will begin June 2015.

An accomplished teacher, scholar and academic administrator, Engh has earned respect and admiration for his engaging and inspiring leadership.  

"I am enthused to have the opportunity to lead Santa Clara as we pursue our strategic plan and seek new ways to advance Jesuit education in service to society," Engh said.

Engh's re-election was voted on at the Oct 17 meeting of the Board of Trustees following an extensive review of his first five years in office.

In unanimously re-electing Engh, the trustees praised him for creating and nurturing an environment of scholarly research and inspired teaching on campus, while engaging the wider business, government, and religious communities in the Silicon Valley.

Engh graduated from Loyola University of Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount University) in 1972 and entered the Society of Jesus the same year. He completed his graduate studies in the history of the American West at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1987.

Under Engh’s leadership, the endowment at Santa Clara has grown from $533 million to more than $ 760 million. 

Santa Clara has consistently been ranked among the top universities in the West. Santa Clara is noted for its strong liberal arts undergraduate curriculum; its business, law, engineering and counseling graduate schools; and its centers for ethics, technology and Jesuit education.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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