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I am always grateful for the opportunity to present some of Santa Clara’s activities of the past year in this report. As Silicon Valley’s 154-year-old Jesuit University, Santa Clara has been developing, improving, anticipating, and meeting the needs of our diverse and dynamic region, the nation, and many parts of the globe for generations. Today, California is intimately connected to the global community and, increasingly, Santa Clara is recognized by our peers as a leading comprehensive university and a national leader in Jesuit, Catholic education.
That achievement belongs to the remarkable faculty, students, and professional staff, who define SCU as an academic community—and define what we will become. Our strengths are built on the quality of the people who collaborate on learning, the generosity of our alumni and friends, and the vision and values that guide our endeavors.
What defines this university and earns us our measure of distinctiveness and prominence? First, our Jesuit, Catholic mission, which is to be an excellent university, and one that keeps the spirit of St. Ignatius alive in learning and action.
Second, our commitment to a faculty composed of teaching scholars, some of whom this report highlights. These talented individuals come to Santa Clara because of their love of teaching, research, scholarship, and creative work. That quality is visible in their joy of collaborating with students in the search for knowledge and truth. It was difficult to choose from among the remarkable faculty who received tenure last year, since all have impressive records. I hope you will take a moment to read about these outstanding leaders.
Our Centers of Distinction also distinguish Santa Clara’s approach to learning, scholarship, and action. More than 150 SCU faculty members work with one or more Centers on issues of science and technology in society, applied ethics in a number of topical areas, community-based learning, and Jesuit education. In this report, we have tried to illustrate the power, reach, and impact of the Centers on our campus. What’s also important to note is that the Centers’ external impact is widespread and valued by business leaders, non-profit organizations, schools, and city governments. Santa Clara’s ability, at the end of the last academic year, to attract a scholar of Geoffrey Bowker’s stature to lead the Center for Science, Technology, and Society is illustrative of the University’s achievements to date, and a signal about its future.
Lastly, we continue to attract national and international leaders from all fields to our campus to contribute to the intellectual life of students, faculty, alumni, and the public. Among the honored guests who visited Santa Clara last year were John Allen Jr., Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter; Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and the father of the micro-lending movement; Vandana Shiva, noted environmental activist and globalization critic, who heads the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in New Delhi, India; James Rogan, undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Walter Bender, executive director of MIT Media Lab; and Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., a Jesuit priest who works with at-risk youth in Los Angeles.
I hope you enjoy this quick look at the Jesuit University in Silicon Valley. In closing, I would like to express my deep appreciation to Santa Clara’s Board of Trustees, who have invited me to stay in this role for a fourth term. I am humbled and honored by their request, and excited to continue working with such a talented community of scholars and learners and to be involved with the broader community on Santa Clara’s behalf.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Paul Locatelli, S.J.