For me, the fall academic term at Seattle University has been filled with many blessings and graces. I was humbled to be honored for my 20 years as president at our Gala last month. Having my family there and being surrounded by my Jesuit brothers and so many great alumni and friends of Seattle U was a moment I will always treasure. I consider it a sacred privilege to lead this university and with students at the center of everything I strive to do and to be about as president, it was gratifying that this year’s Gala brought in a record-setting level of support for student scholarships. I am grateful to you, our alumni and friends, not only for your support but also for who you are and how you represent the best of our institution.
Nov 15, 2017
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees earlier today approved the appointment of Natasha Martin, JD, as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. For the past year Natasha has been serving in the chief diversity officer role as an associate vice president. In this newly appointed VP role, she will serve full-time as a member of my Cabinet and report directly to me. Her new appointment will allow the university to better align diversity and inclusive excellence with the university’s strategic priorities and allow us to make a greater impact on the initiatives called forth by this commitment.
Sep 14, 2017
I want to express my deep disappointment to our students and alumni who are directly impacted by President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and begin phasing it out six months from now. While we are hopeful Congress will pass legislation to maintain the DACA protections, we know how difficult and painful this current situation is for you.
Sep 5, 2017
What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend was deeply disturbing, shocking, appalling and painful to witness. We cannot condemn strongly enough the white supremacists who marched on the city and across the University of Virginia campus, their actions and the racist, hate-filled views they espouse. Everything they represent runs counter to the values we uphold at Seattle University and our commitment to a welcoming, inclusive and equitable society.
Aug 14, 2017
I want to share my personal views with you on climate change and divestment. I am deeply disappointed and concerned with President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. I have joined other university, business and elected leaders in reaffirming a commitment to our climate goals. I also want to express my personal support for divestment from fossil fuels and continuing to explore how we can do so responsibly. Climate change is a defining issue for our students’ generation and their future. I stand with all who are committed to addressing it with a sense of urgency. Seattle University has made significant progress in recent years through our operations and programming to do our part, including the work of the President’s Committee for Sustainability (PCS) in implementing our Climate Action Plan.
Jun 2, 2017
I am pleased to announce that Sherman Alexie and Maggy Barankitse will speak at our undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies, respectively. Both individuals are voices for the marginalized and dispossessed and both are considered friends of our university. It will be wonderful to welcome them back to Seattle University for our commencement at KeyArena on June 11.
May 9, 2017
It is my pleasure to announce that David Leigh, S.J., professor of English, is the 2017-2018 recipient of the McGoldrick Fellowship. Named for Father James McGoldrick, a beloved Seattle University Jesuit, the fellowship recognizes an extraordinary faculty member who embodies the mission and values of our institution.
May 5, 2017
As I reflect on the winter months at Seattle University, I do so with a deep sense of gratitude and humility after being reappointed by the Board of Trustees on Feb. 23 to a new five-year term. Many of you have made it possible for us to accomplish so much over the past 20 years and I am forever indebted. I also greatly appreciate the alumni, faculty and staff who took part in the review of my presidency and offered insights into how we can best move forward in the years ahead. I know we have much work to do as we chart the university’s future course together.
Mar 16, 2017