Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Friday, Jun. 24, 2011

    Dear Faculty and Staff,


    The search for the Executive Director of the Ignatian Center has been successfully concluded. I am pleased to announce that Michael (Mick) McCarthy, S.J. has been selected as the next executive director and will begin his new duties on July 18.

    Father McCarthy joined the faculty at Santa Clara in 2003 and is currently associate professor with a joint appointment in the Classics Department and in the Religious Studies Department. He holds the Edmund Campion, S.J. Professor endowed chair. In addition to his teaching role at Santa Clara, Father McCarthy has served as the Director of the Catholic Studies Program since 2008.

    An alumnus of Santa Clara with a bachelor’s degree in Classical Languages, Father McCarthy went on to receive the 4-year M.A. (Oxon.) in Literae Humaniores from Oxford University, and a master in divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. In 2003, he earned a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame, with an emphasis on early Christianity.

    Father McCarthy brings a passion for Jesuit education and spirituality, as seen in his successful career as a Jesuit priest, Catholic theologian and teaching scholar. Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and the larger community all will benefit from his energy and insight.

    I thank the search committee for their diligence and timeliness in the search process. I also thank Denise Carmody for serving these last six months as the Interim Executive Director of the Ignatian Center. Since the departure of Kevin Quinn, S.J. to become president of The University of Scranton, Denise has led the Center during this time of transition with dedication and generosity.

    Please join me in welcoming Father McCarthy to his new appointment and thanking Denise for her generous service.


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2011

    June 8, 2011

    Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

    In the week leading up to Commencement, I want to take a moment to congratulate publicly the members of the Class of 2011 selected to receive University awards.

    The Valedictorian for the Class of 2011 is Jessica Cassella, a political science major from Los Altos, CA. Jessica will offer the valedictory address on June 11. The St. Clare and Nobili medals are presented to the female and male graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University. On June 11, the St. Clare Medal will be awarded to Stephanie Wilson and the Nobili Medal to Quentin Orem.

    The President of the University awards the Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award to graduating seniors who exemplify the ideals of Jesuit education especially being a "whole person of solidarity in the real world" and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world. For 2011, the Kolvenbach Award will be presented to Christopher Freeburg.

    Yajaira Morales, Mark Vetto, Diana Bustos, and Elizabeth Hatch each will receive the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to service through their work with the marginalized and under-served populations outside of the University community.

    Kadee Mardula, Isabel Duron, Christopher Mosier and Amanda Wong will receive the Student Life Award to recognize their contributions to improving the overall quality of life in the University community.

    Please join me in congratulating and thanking these outstanding members of the Class of 2011. I also express gratitude for all who nominated deserving students for consideration.

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

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