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Update from the Presidential Search Committee


Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,

Thanks to your input, we continue to make tremendous progress in our efforts to identify the next President of Santa Clara University.

One important piece of input received was a desire to see greater staff representation on the Search Committee, which was discussed at our most recent Search Committee meeting and thereafter by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. In response and in keeping with the protocols, we are adjusting the make-up of the committee. Towards that end, we reached out to Carly Koebel, President of the Staff Senate, who identified a list of potential candidates. We are pleased to inform you that Eva Blanco Masias, Dean of Undergraduate Admission, has agreed to join the Search Committee. To learn more about Eva, please visit the search website.

Since our last message of September 25th, over 150 of you shared your specific feedback through the online survey and via email regarding the attributes and qualifications we should be looking for in SCU’s 29th President. Thank you! Moreover, many of you suggested specific candidates we should consider. Your feedback is genuinely appreciated and valued, and will guide the Search Committee in our ongoing efforts.

In addition to reviewing the survey feedback in detail, we continue to speak with a full range of stakeholders both inside and outside of SCU, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, community leadership, and Jesuit leadership. So far, members of the Search Committee have spoken with the Faculty Senate Council Executive Committee, the Staff Senate Executive Committee, a group of student leaders, Bronco Bench Leadership, Board of Regents Executive Committee, Board of Fellows Executive Committee, the Alumni Association Executive Committee, Catala Club leadership, the Jesuit Community, the University Coordinating Committee, the Committee on Lecturers and Adjuncts, Deans, Center Directors, executive leadership of SCU, Emeriti Trustees, as well as leadership from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Soon, we will be meeting with the President, Provost, and Athletics Director as well as speaking with various advisory boards and fundraising groups that support our centers, college, and schools.

With your feedback front and center, the Search Committee is in the process of completing a position profile for the presidency. This profile will provide prospective candidates with information about SCU, our mission and our vision for the future, while also outlining the necessary personal and professional qualifications and additional background on the role of President. We have also enhanced our dedicated search website to keep our community better informed. There you will find the position profile described above (once complete), various university communications, progress updates, and more. We hope you will take a look at the site and check back often.

The members of the Presidential Search Committee are united in their commitment to identify a talented and visionary leader who shares our Jesuit, Catholic values and will propel the University to its next era of achievement. Should you have any questions about our process, or wish to share additional feedback, please contact us at We 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 ‘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