Interim Provost Kloppenberg
Lisa A. Kloppenberg, J.D.
Professor of Law
Lisa Kloppenberg was appointed in 2019 to serve as Santa Clara University’s Interim Provost. As the University’s chief academic officer, she provides leadership and management for all aspects of academics, student life, and information services, and ensures that Santa Clara’s educational programs and strategic initiatives are consistent with the University's vision, mission, and values. Lisa reports directly to University President, Fr. Kevin O'Brien, S.J.
Lisa served for a decade as Dean & Professor of Law at the University of Dayton, a Catholic and Marianist university which received national recognition for the "Lawyer as Problem Solver" curriculum under her leadership. She joined Santa Clara University in 2013 as Dean of the School of Law. Lisa was attracted to the Jesuit mission and values of SCU, its location at the heart of global transformation in Silicon Valley and the people she encountered. During her time as Dean, SCU's School of Law accomplished a number of strategic priorities, including right sizing enrollment, balancing budgets, designing a more competency-based curriculum with greater experiential learning opportunities to prepare students for the changing workforce, developing stronger connections to Silicon Valley and completing the successful fundraising for the Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law, which opened in 2018. Lisa has also served on numerous SCU committees and formed many collaborative relationships across campus.
Lisa earned tenure at the University of Oregon and is a national expert in Conflict Resolution and Constitutional Law. She is the co-author of a popular text teaching law students to be effective advocates in negotiation, mediation and other methods of resolving disputes without going to court, several other books and many articles. She is enthusiastic about using her conflict resolution skills to enhance campus communication and collaboration.
Lisa was born and raised in California. She and her husband, Mark Zunich, are blessed with three adult children. She is grateful to be a member of the Santa Clara University community.