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Meet Kevin O'Brien, S.J.


As the 29th president of Santa Clara University, Kevin O'Brien, S.J., brings a deep knowledge of higher-education leadership to Santa Clara. His experience teaching and promoting the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of education and spirituality, including serving three years as dean of SCU's Jesuit School of Theology, have prepared him to guide Santa Clara at a time of great promise and transformation.


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First Day Message

As Kevin O’Brien, S.J., takes the helm on July 1 as Santa Clara University’s 29th president,
he reflects on the importance of a shared vision and outlines key priorities for the coming months.

Fr. Kevin O'Brien speaking

Meet the President

Kevin O’Brien, S.J., is an accomplished theologian, writer, and educator. Before joining the Jesuit School of Theology as dean in 2016, he spent eight years at Georgetown University, serving in a number of leadership roles.

Fr. Kevin O'Brien Addresses Santa Clara University staff, faculty, and students.

Watch the Announcement

Kevin O’Brien, S.J., was announced 29th President on March 19th, 2019 at an event hosted in the Locatelli Student Activity Center, named after SCU’s 27th president.

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In the Media

The announcement event was covered by a host of local and national media outlets including Mercury News, Silicon Valley Business Journal, ABC 7 News, and Jesuits.org.

St. Ignatius Statue at Santa Clara University

Inauguration Events

Inauguration Day will be held on October 11, 2019. Stay tuned for more inauguration details and other opportunities to meet Kevin O’Brien, S.J.