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February Update from the Presidential Search Committee


Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,

We are pleased to report that the search for Santa Clara University’s next president is progressing according to schedule. The level of interest and the caliber of the candidate pool is encouraging and speaks to how highly regarded our faculty, staff, and students are nationally. On behalf of the search committee, thank you very much for your feedback and contributions to this most important process.

Recently, members of the search committee as well as members of the leadership team, Deans, Center Directors, presidents of the Staff and Faculty senates, a representative of the Committee on Lecturers and Adjuncts (COLA), Chair of the Student
Senate, and President of the Associated Student Government met with finalist candidates. They have confidentially shared their feedback with the search committee, which will be carefully considered.

Our hope remains to have the search committee’s final recommendation to the Board of Trustees in March. The Board of Trustees will then make the selection decision consistent with the governance provisions of the University's bylaws.

If you have any questions about this process, or wish to share additional feedback, please contact us at We continue to welcome your questions and input.


John M. Sobrato, ‘83
Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Paul Gentzkow
Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee


SCU Presidential Search Committee Members

Eva Blanco Masias, M.A. '11
Dean, Undergraduate Admission

Ruth Davis, Ph.D. (B.S. ‘73)
Prof. & Assoc. Dean, School of Engineering

Robert Finocchio, Jr. ‘73
Corporate Director
SCU Board of Trustees

Paul Gentzkow *
President and COO, Robert Half
SCU Board of Trustees

Tim Haley ‘81
Founding member of Redpoint Ventures
SCU Board of Trustees

Lisa Kloppenberg, J.D.
Dean, School of Law

William Leahy, S.J., M. Div. ’78, STM ’80
President, Boston College
SCU Board of Trustees

Arthur Liebscher, S.J. ’69, M. Div '84, STM '86
Rector of SCU Jesuit Community
Associate Professor, History
SCU Board of Trustees 

Joseph McShane, S.J., M.Div. ’77, STM ’77
President, Fordham University
SCU Board of Trustees 

Jeffrey Miller ’73, MBA ’76
CEO, JAMM Ventures
SCU Board of Trustees

Kitty Murphy, Ph.D. (B.A. ’83, M.A. ‘87)
Assoc. Prof. Religious Studies
Assoc. Director, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

Ed Panelli ’53, J.D. 55, Hon. ’86
Justice, Supreme Court of California (retired)
SCU Board of Trustees

Margaret Russell, J.D., J.S.M.
Assoc. Prof. School of Law
Interim Assoc. Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

John M. Sobrato ‘83 * 
Chairman, Sobrato Organization
Chair, SCU Board of Trustees

Larry Sonsini, Hon. ’04
Senior & Founding Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
SCU Board of Trustees

Agnieszka Winkler, MBA ’81
Founder, The Winkler Group
SCU Board of Trustees

Committee Support

Molly McDonald J.D. '95
Chief of Staff to the President of SCU

*indicates co-chairs