The following comes from a Nov. 20 press release issued by the university.
The Santa Clara University Board of Trustees has approved the re-election of President Michael Engh, S.J., for a second six-year term.
“We are excited to have the leadership of Fr. Engh for another term as president, as the University moves forward with the implementation of its strategic plan,” said Chair of the Board of Trustees, Robert Finoccchio, Jr. “During Fr. Engh’s first term, Santa Clara has made significant progress strengthening academic programs, providing outreach to the community, recruiting new students, and enhancing the facilities and grounds on campus.”
Engh became president of Santa Clara University in 2009. His second term will begin June 2015.
An accomplished teacher, scholar and academic administrator, Engh has earned respect and admiration for his engaging and inspiring leadership.
“I am enthused to have the opportunity to lead Santa Clara as we pursue our strategic plan and seek new ways to advance Jesuit education in service to society,” Engh said.
Engh’s re-election was voted on at the Oct 17 meeting of the Board of Trustees following an extensive review of his first five years in office.
In unanimously re-electing Engh, the trustees praised him for creating and nurturing an environment of scholarly research and inspired teaching on campus, while engaging the wider business, government, and religious communities in the Silicon Valley….
Under Engh’s leadership, the endowment at Santa Clara has grown from $533 million to more than $ 760 million….
To read the entire release, click here.
As far as I read from the trustee news release, they are not concerned about the faithfulness of the University to the Catholic faith, but are more concerned that their president is just bringing in more money for it!
mrpkguy is probably on target: the precedent for $$$-raising was set by the prior occupant of the SCU presidency (may he RIP) who was a huge fundraiser “for the endowment fund” (his perpetual refrain). My father, a 1939 grad of the school and law school, was constantly hit up for $$$ so much that he often confided to me “It seems like they are more accountants now than Jesuit priests.” My father would have been one to know, because he often recounted how during the 1930’s, many of the Jesuits he knew had holes in their shoes — and no hope for new ones on the horizon. Tis a different age and a different Society.
I would like to believe that my ancestor, Obispo Jose Luis Corral, S.J., the Founder of the Jesuit University in Chihuhua would clean house at this liberal mud hole!
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika!
Viva Cristo Rey!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.
Sound Advice for Catholic Educators – even at ‘small c’ Schools like Santa Clara:
“Faithful Faculty Are Key to Restoring Catholic Identity at Notre Dame, Says Sycamore Trust
The key to a college’s Catholic identity is “what goes on in the classroom, who’s teaching and what they’re teaching,” writes the chairman of the Sycamore Trust, a group of alumni striving to protect the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity, in a letter to members this week.
Chairman William Dempsey writes that by that time the Sycamore Trust was formed in 2005, “With the honorable exception of the law and business schools, Catholic faculty representation [at Notre Dame] was in free-fall and had already plummeted far below the level the university had declared essential to its Catholic identity.”
Ex corde Ecclesiae, Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic constitution on Catholic universities, states that, “In order not to endanger the Catholic identity of the University or Institute of Higher Studies, the number of non-Catholic teachers should not be allowed to constitute a majority within the Institution, which is and must remain Catholic.”
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