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Meet Julie Sullivan,
Santa Clara University’s 30th President

A compassionate and visionary leader in
higher education, and internationally recognized scholar
Julie Sullivan in the Chapel

President Sullivan is a passionate champion for the tenets of Catholic social teaching, including creating opportunities and economic inclusion through education, dismantling racism, building belonging, and promoting environmental sustainability.


Santa Clara Mission Church

In “a transformative moment” in school history, Board of Trustees Chair Larry Sonsini announces the unanimous selection of Julie Sullivan as president of Santa Clara University. The event was held March 1 in front of the Mission Church on campus.


Recent Messages


  • SCU President Julie Sullivan

    Reflections on My First Month as President

    Thank you for the warm welcome with which you have greeted me as I embarked on my new adventure as President of Santa Clara this month! It has been such a delight to meet many of you in-person and begin to get to know the community and culture.


    “Throughout my career I have been witness to the transformation that happens when you develop not only knowledgeable, but faithful, compassionate citizens of the world. Santa Clara is rich in history and primed for the future with its robust social consciousness distinctively driving tomorrow's innovations.”

    President Sullivan


    In the News


    A picture of the fountain leading up to the Mission Church

    The Santa Clara / Santa Clara University’s incoming president talks transparency, trust and communication.

    SCU President Julie Sullivan

    Santa Clara University News / Sullivan to become the first layperson and first woman to lead the nationally ranked university.

    Three female graduates toss their caps in the air alongside Mission Church

    NBC Bay Area Video / After 171 years, Julie Sullivan will be the first woman and first layperson to lead the university.

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