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Strategic Vision

As I began my service as president of Santa Clara, I am committed to both preserving our unique traditions and stewarding the University with an innovative spirit.

SCU President Kevin O'Brien, S.J.

Our mission as a Jesuit university today is more relevant than ever before: caring for students in mind, body, and spirit; supporting our faculty in their research and scholarship; and serving the common good by promoting a more just, gentle, and sustainable world.

When I joined Santa Clara as the 29th President, I knew I was undertaking a truly Jesuit mission to serve, and to lead our University as it grows to meet the challenges of today. At our core, we are a Catholic and Jesuit university committed to academic excellence, the care for each person, social justice, diversity in community, and a lively dialog between faith and reason.


Top Priorities for the Year Ahead

Together, we will work to serve the community and world beyond this beautiful campus. We have a lot to do but we’ll do it together, one day at a time.


We want to make a Santa Clara education more affordable for qualified students who want to come here, no matter their socioeconomic background or family circumstances. We also want to support our talented and dedicated faculty and staff to live, work, and thrive in this exceptionally  expensive region of the country.


Working with Lisa Kloppenberg, our interim provost, I will seek to build an administration marked by transparency, accountability, and clarity of decision-making. A community as large and diverse and vibrant as ours will have differences, but I hope to keep us all focused on our shared commitment to the mission that binds us.


Through the generosity of our benefactors, we already have transformed our campus with new academic, residential, and athletic facilities. In the coming years, we will focus more and more on fundraising for financial aid and faculty development through our $1 billion campaign. The need to stand at the forefront of these important efforts will take me away from campus at times, but at all times this campus will be in my heart and prayers.


We have much to offer enterprises in the Valley, and much to contribute to our neighbors in San Jose and the greater Bay Area and much to learn from them. In the coming year, we will intensify and coordinate our outreach to Silicon Valley and our surrounding community. From the technology giants who change our world and employ our graduates, to our neighboring communities, each deepens, enriches, and expands our vital role in Silicon Valley.


First Day Message