Presidential Search

Santa Clara University has embarked on a search for the next President of the University. Our deep roots in Silicon Valley, our Jesuit Catholic values and our long-range goals and ambitions will guide the search and selection process. Appointed in September, the Presidential Search Committee is tasked with identifying, screening and recommending candidates to the Board. The Committee will consult with the community and communicate updates on this strategic search for the University’s 29th president.

Search Committee

John M. Sobrato '83 (co-chair)

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees


Eva Blanco Masias, M.A. '11

Dean, Undergraduate Admission

Ruth E. Davis, Ph.D. (B.S. '73)

Professor & Associate Dean, School of Engineering

Robert (Bob) J. Finocchio, Jr. '73

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Timothy (Tim) Haley '81

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Lisa A. Kloppenberg, J.D.

Dean, Santa Clara University School of Law

William (Bill) P. Leahy, S.J., M.Div. '78, STM '80

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

President, Boston College

Arthur F. Liebscher, S.J., '69, M.Div. '84, STM '86

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees (ex officio)

Rector, Santa Clara University Jesuit Community

Associate Professor of History, Santa Clara University

Paul F. Gentzkow (co-chair)

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees


Joseph (Joe) M. McShane, S.J., M.Div. '77, STM '77

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

President, Fordham University

Jeffrey (Jeff) A. Miller '73, MBA '76

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees 

Catherine (Kitty) M. Murphy, Ph.D. (B.A. '83, M.A. '87)

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

Associate Director, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

Edward (Ed) A. Panelli '53, J.D. '55, Hon. '86

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Margaret M. Russell, J.D., J.S.M.

Associate Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law

Interim Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

Larry W. Sonsini, Hon. '04

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Agnieszka Winkler, MBA '81

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Committee Support

Molly McDonald, J.D. '95

Chief of Staff to the President, Santa Clara University

Search Timeline*

    • September - October: Develop position profile, broad outreach, solicitation of candidate names
    • November: Confirm candidate interest; Provincial approval to interview.
    • December - January: Preliminary screening and candidate interviews
    • February: Finalist interviews and recommendations to Board of Trustees

*This timeline is a general guideline and the actual search timeframe will depend on a number of factors, some of which are beyond the committee’s control.

Search Updates

Outreach Meetings

Representatives from the Presidential Search Committee have met with the following members of the community.

  • September 27, 2018: Faculty Senate Council Executive Committee
  • October 2, 2018: University Coordinating Committee
  • October 2, 2018: Jesuit Community
  • October 3, 2018: Staff Senate Executive Committee
  • October 3, 2018: Alumni Association Leadership
  • October 4, 2018: Bronco Bench Executive Committee
  • October 9, 2018: Deans
  • October 9, 2018: Center Directors
  • October 9, 2018: Executive Leadership
  • October 10, 2018: Catala Club Leadership
  • October 12, 2018: Student Leadership Group
  • October 19, 2018: Board of Fellows Executive Committee
  • October 19, 2018: Board of Regents Executive Committee
  • November 19, 2018: President, Provost

Upcoming Meetings:

  • December 18, 2018: Search Committee Meeting

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Contact Us

If you have questions or comments for the search committee, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at presidentialsearch@scu.edu.

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