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Provost Search 2019

Santa Clara University has begun the search for the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University. Appointed in June, the Provost Search Committee is tasked with identifying, screening and recommending candidates to the President. The search committee, with the assistance of the search firm, WittKieffer, will help ensure a robust search and broad engagement with the University community in the selection process.  As the search progresses, the committee will communicate updates to the University community.

Search Committee

George Chacko (co-chair)

Associate Dean, Leavey School of Business
Associate Professor, Finance

Silvia Figueira

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Director, Frugal Innovation Hub

Andrew Garavel, S.J.

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, English

Rebecca Guerra

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Katie Heintz

Director, Core Curriculum
Senior Lecturer, Communication


Kate Morris (co-chair)

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Art & Art History  

Chase Larscheid '20

Class of 2020, Finance Major

Liz Quevedo

Assistant Director, Human Resources

Brett Solomon

Associate Professor, Child Studies

Eric Tillman

Fletcher Jones Professor and Department Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Vice Dean for STEM Policy and Planning

David Yosifon

Professor, Law  

Search Timeline*

    • Summer-Early Fall: Development of Leadership Profile and stakeholder engagement
    • Fall: Candidate recruitment and preliminary screening
    • Late Fall: Semifinalist interviews
    • Early Winter: Finalist interviews
    • Winter: Recommendations to President

*This timeline is a general guideline and subject to change.

Provost Search Open Forums

Open Forums for Faculty, Staff and Students will be held on September 25 and September 30. See below for details.

Leadership Profile

Search Updates

Open Forums

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019
    • 11:00am-12:00pm -  Staff Open Forum, Williman Room
    • 3:00-4:00pm - Faculty Open Forum, Williman Room
    • 4:00-5:00pm - Student Open Forum, Williman Room
  • Monday, September 30, 2019
    • 10:00-11:00am - Faculty Open Forum, Williman Room
    • 1:00-2:00pm - Student Open Forum, Williman Room
    • 3:00-4:00pm - Staff Open Forum, Williman Room

Outreach Meetings

 On behalf of the Provost Search Committee, the search firm WittKieffer has met with the following members of the community to gather input to inform the Leadership Profile. Additional outreach will take place over the summer and early fall. In the early Fall, open forums will be scheduled to gather input from faculty, staff and students. 

  • President
  • President's Cabinet
  • University Coordinating Committee
  • Interim Provost
  • Deans
  • Center Directors
  • Provost's Office Staff

Search Committee Meetings

  • August 14, 2019: Search Committee Meeting
  • July 12, 2019: Search Committee Meeting


Contact Us

If you have questions or comments for the search committee, please contact us via email at

If you would like to nominate a candidate, please contact WittKieffer via email at