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Carmody Named Interim Provost

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 18, 2000 – Denise Carmody, chair of the religious studies department, was named SCU’s interim provost this morning. She will fill the post that is being vacated by Stephen Privett, S.J., who is leaving SCU this summer to become president of the University of San Francisco.

“Denise’s commitment as a superb teaching scholar will serve the University well in advancing our strategic initiative of building a community of scholars who provide an integrated education,” said SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., in making the announcement. “She brings leadership skills that will inevitably make Santa Clara a better Jesuit university.”

Carmody will serve a two-year term. A search for a permanent provost will begin next year during the University's sesquicentennial. She is the first woman to act as provost or vice president in the school’s 150-year history.

In making the appointment, the president cited Carmody’s understanding of Jesuit education as well as her administrative experience and her ability to work collaboratively with members of the University community as reasons for her selection.

"I love Santa Clara University. Thus, the opportunity to serve our students, faculty, staff, and administration in this role delights me. Knowing the quality of all these groups assures me that I will have an exciting two years," said Carmody.

Carmody, who currently holds the Santa Clara Jesuit Community Professorship, came to SCU in 1994 to chair the religious studies department, the first woman to hold the position.

She graduated summa cum laude from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, taught grammar school and high school as a School Sister of Notre Dame, and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from Boston College. She has taught in the philosophy and religious studies departments at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Boston College, St. Patrick’s Seminary, Penn State University, Wichita State University, and the University of Tulsa.

An accomplished scholar and theologian, she has published more than 60 books, both alone and with her late husband, John Tully Carmody. Additionally, she has published more than two dozen articles in both academic and popular journals. Her scholarship ranges across many areas from world religions to Christian theology, from spirituality to mysticism, and from comparative religion to systematic theology.

Santa Clara University is a 7,700-student, Catholic, Jesuit university with a rigorous undergraduate curriculum and nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Established in 1851, it has a tradition of educating the whole person for a life of service and leadership. California's oldest institution of higher learning celebrates its sesquicentennial in the 2000-01 academic year.


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