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Dean of Jesuit School of Theology

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Along with Thomas Smolich, S.J., vice-chancellor of the Jesuit School of Theology, I wish to announce that Kevin F. Burke, S.J. will complete his tenure as dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University at the end of the current academic year.  Following University procedures and the Statutes of JST as an ecclesiastical school, we will commence a search for the new dean of JST in September.

I am very grateful to Kevin for his generosity in serving at JST.  He has seen the school through a time of significant institutional change, and his own position has gone through several transformations. In 2006, Kevin joined the faculty of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JSTB) as the academic dean. That year JSTB and Santa Clara University began a three-year process that culminated in the integration of JST and SCU. During that process, Fr. Joseph Daoust, S.J., then-president of JSTB, left for a position in Rome, and Kevin stepped in for one year as acting president of JSTB (2008-09). When the Integration took effect on June 30, 2009, he began yet another new position as executive dean (and later dean) of JST. In this role, he joined the SCU council of deans under the university provost and oversaw the complicated and exciting integration process. Throughout the last five years he has helped reshape the administrative structures of JST and led the school through the WASC and ATS (Association of Theological Schools) reaccreditation process. He also served, at different times, on the council of deans, the council of presidents, and the board of trustees of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) to which JST also belongs.

After a well-deserved sabbatical Kevin will continue at JST as associate professor of systematic theology. I have also asked him to assist the new dean and the assistant dean of development at JST as part of the development team. We shall celebrate Kevin's leadership in the coming academic year and express more fully our gratitude for his generosity and dedication.  Today I want all of us to be able to learn of Kevin’s plans and congratulate him for his service to JST.


Michael E. Engh, S.J.

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