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Implementation Committee on Advancing Contemporary Theological Studies, Education, and Ministry

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Goal 4 of the Integrated Strategic Plan states: Santa Clara University will become one of the nation's leading universities advancing Catholic theological studies, education, and ministry.

A previous advisory committee for Goal 4 identified a number of strategies to support this aspiration— including the establishment of scholarships and an endowed professorship—which have been incorporated into the campaign priorities. I have gathered a team of faculty and staff, some of whom also served on the earlier Goal 4 advisory committee, to consider additional ways of pursuing this goal by building on new, unanticipated developments, such as the release of the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si, that has sparked a global conversation about environmental justice.   

I have appointed an implementation committee charged with the further development of plans for Goal 4. The committee includes:

  • Jerome Baggett – Professor of Religion and Society, Jesuit School of Theology
  • Alison Benders – Associate Dean, Jesuit School of Theology
  • Marco Bravo – Associate Professor, Department of Education
  • David DeCosse - Director of Campus Ethics Programs, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (Co-Chair)
  • David Gray – Chair and Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department
  • Stephen Johnson – Director of Character Education, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Senior Lecturer, Department of Education
  • Gary Macy – Chair: John Nobili, S.J. Professor of Theology, Religious Studies Department and Director, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
  • Lisa Millora – Senior Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Provost’s Office Relations, Provost’s Office (Co-Chair)
  • Paula Mitchell – Director of Catholic Education Partnerships, Department of Education
  • Lucila Ramos-Sanchez – Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology
  • Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley – Director of Bannan Institutes, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education 

The committee will: (a) examine the changing environment in theological studies, education, and ministry; (b) identify opportunities based on an understanding of SCU’s strengths, location, and interests; (c) develop proposals for specific initiatives and resources requirements; and (d) consult with stakeholders throughout the process. The committee will submit its recommendations in May 2016.