Presidential Search

Santa Clara University has embarked on a search for the next President of the University. Our deep roots in Silicon Valley, our Jesuit Catholic values and our long-range goals and ambitions will guide the search and selection process. Appointed in September, the Presidential Search Committee is tasked with identifying, screening and recommending candidates to the Board. The Committee will consult with the community and communicate updates on this strategic search for the University’s 29th president.

Search Committee

John M. Sobrato '83 (co-chair)

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees


Ruth E. Davis, Ph.D. (B.S. '73)

Professor & Associate Dean, School of Engineering

Robert (Bob) J. Finocchio, Jr. '73

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Timothy (Tim) Haley '81

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Lisa A. Kloppenberg, J.D.

Dean, Santa Clara University School of Law

William (Bill) P. Leahy, S.J., M.Div. '78, STM '80

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

President, Boston College

Arthur F. Liebscher, S.J., '69, M.Div. '84, STM '86

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees (ex officio)

Rector, Santa Clara University Jesuit Community

Associate Professor of History, Santa Clara University

Joseph (Joe) M. McShane, S.J., M.Div. '77, STM '77

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

President, Fordham University

Paul F. Gentzkow (co-chair)

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees


Jeffrey (Jeff) A. Miller '73, MBA '76

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees 

Catherine (Kitty) M. Murphy, Ph.D. (B.A. '83, M.A. '87)

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

Associate Director, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

Edward (Ed) A. Panelli '53, J.D. '55, Hon. '86

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Margaret M. Russell, J.D., J.S.M.

Associate Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law

Interim Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

Larry W. Sonsini, Hon. '04

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Agnieszka Winkler, MBA '81

Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

Committee Support

Molly McDonald, J.D. '95

Chief of Staff to the President, Santa Clara University

Search Updates

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments for the search committee, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at presidentialsearch@scu.edu.

Email the Committee