Santa Clara University looks to raise $1 billion

"To the point where we’re recognized nationally and we impact things globally”

Rendering of Sobrato campus

The following comes from a Jan. 21 story in the Mercury News.

For a school steeped in 167 years of history, Santa Clara University clearly has the future in mind with the public announcement Saturday night of an unprecedented $1 billion capital campaign.

The public phase of the campaign, “Innovating with a Mission,” was launched in front of the university’s strongest base of supporters, the 2,500-person audience at the 53rd annual Golden Circle Theatre Party, a sold-out fundraiser headlined by superstar James Taylor at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

“This is like an IPO. We’re taking this campaign public,” said Jeff Miller, a 1973 SCU grad and president of JAMM Ventures who is co-chairing the campaign. “Part of the campaign here is to thrust ourselves to the point where we’re recognized nationally and we impact things globally.”

Miller is co-chairing the campaign with real estate veteran and philanthropist John A. Sobrato, giving the university two well-connected heavy hitters who are also longstanding donors themselves. They helped bring in more than $570 million over the past four years during the campaign’s “quiet” phase.

That has provided funding to launch several projects on campus already, including a new law school building, a new undergraduate residence hall and an Academic Excellence Center. And that’s not counting the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation, a hub for tech and humanities learning that received a lead gift of $100 million from Sobrato and his wife, Sue Sobrato, in 2017.

With all the construction on campus, Mission Santa Clara at the heart of the university may be the only thing left unchanged a generation from now.

The Rev. Michael Engh, Santa Clara University’s president, said the campaign has its roots in a strategic plan that predates his presidency but presented a future that emphasized engineering and business skills, a future that would mean updated facilities and technology throughout campus. An initial list of more than 600 potential projects was whittled down to 44, many of which have been partially completed.

Comments

  1. Education, including the physical buildings, is expensive. I hope one of the ‘approved’ projects is maintaining/preserving the historical Mission Church.

  2. The school is mostly Catholic in name only. Don’t get me wrong, the academics are top notch and there are a lot of prominent alumni. If a prospective high school senior wants to go there for the academics, it’s hard to go wrong choosing that school as opposed to others in California.

    • Commentator says:

      Nope. Would do better at a public school where there is no pretense of religion. Santa Clara, by means of modern Jesuit education, distorts the faith into a veneer of Catholicism where Mass in the round is offered, but the doctrine of sin is absent and in is place is substituted an ideology of feminism/homosexualism and Marxism, part and parcel of a social justice small-c “catholicism,” where all are conditioned to believe in their own enlightenment superior to the Magesterium of Rome. He/she who enters freshman year as a Catholic will graduate as an agnostic liberal.

  3. Simon of Simony says:

    Keep in mind that Santa Clara is a Jesuit school. Tje article conveniently omitted the letters S.J. after Fr. Engh’s name.

    It is at best nominally Catholic like Georgetown.

    The best that can be said is you will find Jesuits there, but will you find Catholics?

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