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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

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


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    Convocation 2023

    President Julie Sullivan opens the academic year with Convocation.


“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


Tablet UK Jpeg featuring a reflection by President Sullivan on her visit with Pope Francis.

The Tablet UK / A short reflection on President Sullivan's private audience with Pope Francis on March 18, 2024.

Julie Sullivan greeting a student at SVP Sustainable Futures event 10.26.22

The Mercury News / "It will be the students who will be the signal of success.”

Image of front pillars of US Supreme Court

The Mercury News / Court setback would damage universities’ ability to create a more humane, equitable society.

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