Santa Clara University President Resigns

May 13, 2021

The Reverend Kevin O'Brien has resigned as president of Santa Clara University. Father O'Brien was placed on leave in March, pending an investigation of behavior "consisting primarily of conversations, which may be inconsistent with established Jesuit protocols and boundaries."

The chair of the Santa Clara board, John M. Sobrato, sent a letter to the campus announcing the resignation. "The [Jesuit] province has advised the Board of Trustees that it has concluded its investigation which found Father O’Brien engaged in behaviors, consisting primarily of conversations, during a series of informal dinners with Jesuit graduate students that were inconsistent with established Jesuit protocols and boundaries. The province also advised the board that alcohol was involved and that no inappropriate behavior was found in any settings outside of these dinners."

In a letter to campus, Father O'Brien wrote, “My extended absence from campus during these challenging times does not serve the university well. After much prayer and thought and out of deep love for Santa Clara, I have concluded that the best service I can offer to our beloved university is to step aside now.”

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