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Message from the Presidential Search Committee


Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,

The Presidential Search Committee met for the first time on September 19th. During our discussion, we began to map out some of the overarching institutional priorities that will guide the search for our next President. These areas will help surface candidates who possess the skills, experience, and temperament required to advance the institution and navigate the changing trends in higher education.

Your feedback is critical to the search process, and to that end the committee would like your input on the following questions:

  • What are the unique characteristics of SCU – the strengths and opportunities – that might make it appealing to candidates?
  • What are the most important issues facing our campus community, now and in the future?
  • What three attributes must our new University President embody?
  • Are there qualified Jesuits whom you believe should be considered by the search committee? 

To gather your input, we invite you to complete the online survey by October 8th. We also welcome your input by email at We will keep you informed as the search progresses with regular communications. We also invite you to visit the website at where we will post updates.

Our Presidential Search Committee is committed to continued transparency and communication so our community can stay up to date on this most important effort. As we begin the search process in earnest, I encourage you to take a moment to learn more about those who are dedicating their time and expertise to identify our next University President. Their detailed bios are available here. Having looked at past presidential searches at other universities, we are proud of the size and inclusiveness of this committee, which includes respected faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees who are established leaders in their respective fields, including the presidents of two major Jesuit universities.

As you take a moment to get to know the members of this committee, we hope that you – as we did – will come to appreciate the unique insights each will bring to this work and help ensure a successful conclusion.


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

Paul Gentzkow
Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee


SCU Presidential Search Committee Members

Ruth Davis ‘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
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 ’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
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
Chief of Staff to the President of SCU

*indicates co-chairs