As Pride Month begins, the university celebrates and stands in solidarity with all LGBTQ+ people and especially those students, faculty, staff and alumni who are part of our Seattle U family. We would not be whole without you and are deeply grateful for your contributions to our campus community and educational mission.
Jun 2, 2021
Read More about Pride Month and Solidarity with Our LGBTQ+ Community Members
Next Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. To acknowledge his life and pray for continued healing, peace and progress toward justice, we will gather for a Vigil of Remembrance and Reconciliation.
May 21, 2021
Today marks the 500th anniversary of the day on which Ignatius of Loyola was struck by a cannonball in a battle at Pamplona. This upending of his chivalrous life led to his conversion of putting himself at the service of Jesus Christ and led to the founding of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits.
May 20, 2021
I am pleased to share that beginning this year SU will formally observe Juneteenth as a university holiday. As Juneteenth—June 19—this year falls on a Saturday, the university will close on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of the holiday.
May 19, 2021
Read More about SU to Observe Juneteenth Beginning This Year
I am pleased to announce that Dean Peterson, Associate Professor of Economics in the Albers School of Business and Economics, has been selected as the 2021-2022 recipient of the Reverend James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellowship.
May 12, 2021
Read More about Dean Peterson Named 2021-2022 McGoldrick Fellow
As we approach this year’s commencement, I am delighted to communicate that the 2021 commencement speaker will be Greg Boyle, S.J.
May 11, 2021
Read More about 2021 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipient
As we mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Seattle University acknowledges with deep gratitude the AAPI community’s rich contributions to our nation and campus community.
May 4, 2021
Read More about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
As we all continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, some parts of the world are struggling in a particular way. COVID variants, as we have seen from horrifying images atop the news in recent days, are having a catastrophic effect in India and a number of countries in Latin America, especially Brazil.
Apr 26, 2021
Read More about COVID Crisis in India and Brazil; Our Responsibility to One Another
The jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd has spoken, convicting him on all counts. While the verdict is a step forward for justice and accountability, the movement leading to enduring change and true justice continues.
Apr 21, 2021
Read More about Verdict in Murder of George Floyd and Vigil for Racial Justice
Each April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is recognized across the country in an effort to call attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts everyone.
Apr 8, 2021
As we enter April, I write to encourage your participation in celebrating Earth Month at Seattle U.
Apr 1, 2021
Last night’s mass shooting in the Atlanta area was a horrific and appalling act involving the killing of six women of Asian descent. While the investigation into the killings and motive is ongoing, I believe it is important to reaffirm the university’s recent statement on anti-Asian violence, racism and xenophobia and our full support for and solidarity with our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.
Mar 17, 2021
Read More about Reaffirming Support for Our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community
I am pleased to announce that following an extensive national search, Dr. Cynthia B. Dillard has been appointed Dean of Seattle University’s College of Education. Dr. Dillard will be joining us from the University of Georgia, where she currently serves as the Mary Frances Early Professor in Teacher Education.
Mar 9, 2021
Over this last year we have individually and collectively experienced tremendous grief and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. In times of tragedy, Seattle University gathers as a community to pause for reflection, prayer and sharing.
Feb 25, 2021
Last evening during a virtual meeting of Seattle University’s Black Student Union, a group of individuals Zoombombed the call and disrupted the event with racist and hateful speech. First and foremost, we want to state clearly that Seattle University condemns hate speech of this sort and all forms of racism.
Feb 10, 2021
Read More about Condemning Hateful and Racist Speech and Actions
Each January, for as many as 50 years, we have celebrated the “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.” It is intended to bring Christian communities together with one another and with communities of other faith traditions praying that we might be more unified in addressing the issues that most affect people’s lives.
Jan 13, 2021
Read More about A Moment of Unity: The Week of MLK Day, the Presidential Inauguration and Christian Unity
As our nation and state ramp up the critical work of administering COVID-19 vaccinations, I am pleased to announce an important initiative between Seattle University and Swedish, and to invite you to assist in the effort.
Jan 8, 2021
Read More about Swedish Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to Open at SU; Students, Faculty and Staff Invited to Serve as Volunteers
What we have witnessed today at the United States Capitol is abhorrent and counter to the democratic values and peaceful transfer of power that are hallmarks of our system of government and the rule of law.
Jan 6, 2021
Joseph O. McGowan, S.J., long-time minister and leader at Seattle University, died on Dec. 23 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, CA. Father McGowan is remembered for the impact he made in the lives of countless students, alumni and colleagues during his 25 years at SU.
Jan 5, 2021
As we approach the close of a fall academic term at Seattle U unlike any other, I want to share my perspective on the past few months and what’s ahead for us as a university, while expressing profound appreciation for what you mean to SU and to me, personally.
Nov 23, 2020
Read More about Reflecting with Gratitude, Looking Ahead with Hope
One of the most important developments for the future of Seattle University is the Center for Science and Innovation which is currently under construction and slated to be completed by the end of May. At this time I am pleased to be able to announce, based upon the resolution passed by the Board of Trustees, the name for this new facility.
Nov 17, 2020
Read More about Naming of the Center for Science and Innovation
Seattle University will close on Wednesday in observance of Veterans Day. As you take some well-deserved time to rest and recharge, I hope you will join me in reflecting upon the sacrifices made on our behalf by our men and women in uniform. In a particular way, we take pride in the many Seattle University alumni, students, faculty and staff who have served our country with integrity, courage and selflessness.
Nov 9, 2020
The presidential election is coming to an end and Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States. Voters have chosen a new direction for the country. As we turn the page and begin anew, let me offer our congratulations to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their historic victory.
Nov 7, 2020
With the election just a few days away, I want to reach out to each of you in a more personal way, share a few thoughts and remind you of the support that is available should you need it.
Oct 29, 2020
As faculty you empower your students to lead for a just and humane world through your teaching, through your mentoring of students and by encouraging your students to work for justice in Seattle and around the world. With one of the most important elections of our lifetimes only a few short weeks away, today I write to ask that you consider empowering your students in one additional very important way.
Oct 6, 2020
Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year at Seattle University! While I would much prefer greeting and seeing you all in person, I am no less energized by what we will learn and accomplish together in the months ahead.
Sep 8, 2020
I am pleased to share with you that the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rescinding its recent guidance that would have prohibited international students from remaining in status or obtaining a visa to study in the U.S. if they are receiving remote-only instruction this fall.
Jul 14, 2020
Read More about DHS Rescinds Guidance on International Students
This week’s decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue new guidance that would prohibit international students from returning to or remaining in the United States if the university they are attending has to move to remote-only instruction this fall is deeply troubling, misguided and discriminatory.
Jul 8, 2020
In support of and in solidarity with the statewide day of action being called for by Black Lives Matter Seattle–King County this Friday, June 12, Seattle University plans to cease non-academic operations for the day and leave decisions on finals scheduled for this last day of the spring quarter to the discretion of faculty. It will be treated as a paid day off for all staff.
Jun 10, 2020
Read More about In Support of Black Lives Matter Day of Action This Friday
As I and others have affirmed recently, Seattle University collectively stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and our Black students, faculty and staff and renews our commitment to better support and educate our students and community, including those of us in leadership roles, on issues of racial justice, police brutality, oppression and systemic racism.
Jun 10, 2020
Read More about Seattle University and the Seattle Police Department
As president of Seattle University, I personally wish to join our voices in solidarity with those of many others across our nation in condemnation of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Seattle University is deeply committed to creating a just and humane world. We must all stand together in working to end systemic injustices and speaking out against racism, oppression and violence against African Americans. I endorse the words of Natasha Martin, our Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and pray for our communities and nation with a heavy heart.
May 29, 2020
In the coming weeks, please watch for some virtual opportunities to honor our 2020 graduates.
May 28, 2020
I wanted to share with faculty and staff the updates I shared with our students on SU's plan to reopen campus in the fall.
May 14, 2020
I am writing to follow up on my announcement last week that we hope and intend to reopen this fall for the return of students, with a likely mix of in-person and virtual classes, and to discuss the anticipated gradual restart of campus operations later this summer.
May 4, 2020
Read More about Update on Planning for Summer Operations and Fall Reopening
It is with great sadness that we share the sad and tragic news that Fr. Peter Ely, S.J. died today.
Apr 15, 2020
Based upon the overwhelming preference indicated by members of your graduating class, we have decided to reschedule this year’s Seattle University Commencement, with a Baccalaureate Mass and an in-person ceremony, to October 9-11, 2020.
Apr 8, 2020
Read More about Commencement Weekend Rescheduled for Oct. 9-11
Wherever you may be as we are set to begin the Spring Quarter at Seattle University, the first priority is for you to take care of yourself, your families and your loved ones.
Apr 3, 2020
I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well as, together, we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our alumni and friends have asked what they can do to help students who are struggling with unexpected financial hardships during these difficult times. I am deeply grateful for your concern and caring for their wellbeing.
Mar 27, 2020
In this communally anxious time as we go virtual in our education due to COVID-19, it is important to recall and retain the dimension that is at the heart of Jesuit education: Cura personalis—“personal care for the student.”
Mar 16, 2020
In accordance with our longtime planning, today I submitted to the Board of Trustees a letter indicating my intent to retire from being president of Seattle University June 30, 2021. I do so at this time, 16 months before I step down, in order for the Board to carry out a search for the next president of the university after wide consultation with the university community about the qualities it seeks for leadership in the next era of the university.
Feb 13, 2020
Read More about Presidential Transition: My Thoughts and Gratitude
As we gather for a new academic term and a new decade, I invite you to a special event where we will launch a new era in the history of our university and formally embark upon the 2020-2025 Seattle University Strategic Directions, A Jesuit University of Distinction for a Time of Change.
Jan 7, 2020
Read More about Special Convocation to Launch Vision and Goals of Strategic Directions
As we head into Christmas break and turn the page on 2019, I want to thank you for all that you do for Seattle University.
Dec 17, 2019
Read More about A Message of Gratitude as We Look Forward to 2020
It is with sadness that I write to let you know that Fr. Pat Howell, S.J. passed away Thanksgiving night.
Dec 2, 2019
I invite you to reflect with appreciation upon the men and women who have served and those who continue to serve our nation.
Nov 5, 2019
Today is a big moment for our current and future students and for Seattle University. Today we embark on the public phase of the largest campaign in the university’s history. The campaign will raise more than $275 million for scholarships, the new Center for Science and Innovation and mission-related programs in service learning, global engagement, mental health support for students and more.
Oct 1, 2019
Read More about Seattle University Announces $275 Million Comprehensive Campaign
We are shaken by and grieving the senseless killing of more than 30 people in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Gilroy, California this past week. As we join these communities in mourning and prayer, we hold in our hearts those who were killed, their loved ones, the many who were injured and all who have been affected by these horrific acts of gun violence.
Aug 5, 2019
Read More about Vigil for Victims of Shootings in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy
I am pleased to announce that Wilson Garone has been appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Wilson brings three decades of experience as an accomplished leader and finance professional. He will begin his service at Seattle University on August 1.
Jun 21, 2019
My greetings to each of you as we head into the homestretch of the 2018-2019 academic year here at Seattle University. Our School of Law has already celebrated its Commencement and the other members of the Class of 2019 will follow suit when we hold our undergraduate and graduate ceremonies on June 16. It promises to be a wonderful day made all the more special by our honorary doctorate recipients: Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book Dead Man Walking; James Martin, S.J., a nationally acclaimed author and speaker; and José Alberto “Chepe” Idiaquez, S.J., president of the Universidad Centroamericana, our sister Jesuit university in Managua, which continues to deal with violence arising from a crackdown by the Nicaraguan government that began last spring. Sister Prejean, Father Martin and Father Chepe are paragons of justice. It will be a great blessing to have them with us for Commencement.
Jun 3, 2019
Read More about President's End-of-Year Message, Support for the Dream Act
As a university community, we condemn the tragic and senseless killing of more than 250 worshipers and others and the wounding of hundreds more in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. We join together to support and comfort all those in our campus community who are grieving during this painful time.
Apr 26, 2019
Read More about Vigil for the Victims of the Attacks in Sri Lanka
Today marks the beginning of Earth Month, a celebration that holds great significance for our campus community. As a university committed to building a more just and humane world, we are well aware of the existential threat climate change poses to all peoples, especially those living on the margins of society. And so as we rightly take pride in what SU has done, and continues to do, to help cool the planet, we know we must do more.
Apr 1, 2019
I am delighted to announce that Dr. Paulette Kidder is the 2019-2020 recipient of the James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellowship. Named for a beloved Jesuit who devoted a half century of his life to Seattle University, the fellowship recognizes an extraordinary faculty member who embodies the mission and values of our institution. The McGoldrick Fellowship, the most prestigious award we confer upon our faculty, includes a quarter or semester sabbatical, and Dr. Kidder is a most deserving recipient.
Mar 26, 2019
Last week, federal prosecutors charged 50 individuals in connection with a scheme to influence admission decisions through cheating, bribery and providing false information in applications to eight universities. Among the charges, the indictments allege The Key Worldwide, a college preparation firm at the center of the scandal, bribed at least nine coaches and one athletic official in exchange for admitting students as athletic recruits to the institutions.
Mar 19, 2019
As a university community, we grieve over the tragic and senseless killing of 49 worshipers and the wounding of dozens more at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and we join together to support and comfort our Muslim colleagues during this extraordinarily painful time.
Mar 15, 2019
Read More about Vigil for Victims of New Zealand Mosque Shootings
Hello and thank you for taking a few minutes for me to share some important developments with you. There are big things happening on various fronts at Seattle University this year.
Let me start with the Center for Science and Innovation. I am excited to share that we have surpassed an important fundraising threshold and received final Board approval to move forward with construction. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the end of May.
Mar 1, 2019
I am pleased to announce the individuals approved by the Board of Trustees who will be receiving honorary doctorates at our commencement ceremonies on June 16. Ordinarily, we confer two honorary degrees at our commencement. This year we will have the opportunity to honor three special recipients.
Feb 21, 2019
Earlier today, the Jesuits West Province released a list of the names of all Jesuits who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults since 1950.
Dec 7, 2018
Read More about Jesuits West Province Releases Names of Jesuits Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse Since 1950
The most important endeavor of this academic year will be to determine the future of Seattle University through the strategic planning process. I have previously indicated to you the significance I attach to the collective engagement of the whole university in this process over the rest of the year so that we might seek the approval of the plan from the Board of Trustees.
Nov 28, 2018
California continues to battle deadly and destructive wildfires as I write this first quarterly update of the 2018-2019 academic year. Thank you for keeping our students, community members and their families from the impacted areas in your thoughts and prayers. Our CARE Team is supporting affected students and making sure they are aware of available resources. Here on campus, this academic year is shaping up to be a momentous one for the university’s future. We have much to be grateful for and look forward to.
Nov 15, 2018
We are shaken by and grieving the senseless killing of 12 individuals, including several college students, at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Many more were injured. We hold each of the victims in our hearts as we join together to support and comfort our colleagues, students and friends most affected by this latest horrific act of violence. I invite you to a prayer vigil being organized by Campus Ministry at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in front of the reflection pool and Chapel of St. Ignatius. We will gather as a community to mourn the victims and pray for their loved ones and for all who are suffering in the wake of this tragedy.
Nov 9, 2018
This Monday, Nov. 12, the university will close for Veterans Day. I hope that as you enjoy this breather in the midst of a busy fall academic term, you also pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform and by their families and loved ones. With SU’s Homecoming now taking place over Veterans Day weekend, it affords new opportunities for us to thank all veterans, especially those students, alumni, faculty and staff who have served, or are serving, our country in uniform.
Nov 8, 2018
This past Saturday’s tragic and senseless killing of 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States. We join together to support and comfort our Jewish colleagues, students and friends during this extraordinarily painful time. I invite you to a prayer vigil being organized by Campus Ministry at 1:10 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1, in front of the reflecting pool and Chapel of St. Ignatius. We will gather as a community to mourn and remember the victims of this unspeakably atrocious, anti-Semitic act and pray for their loved ones and for all who are suffering in its wake.
Oct 31, 2018
As we prepare to welcome all our new and returning students to campus, I am pleased to share with you a significant decision by the Seattle University Board of Trustees in solidarity with students, faculty and staff in addressing climate change. Last Thursday, the board voted to adopt both recommendations on fossil fuel divestment from the university’s Socially Responsible Investments (SRI) Advisory Working Group.
Sep 19, 2018
Read More about Seattle University Board Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuels
I have heard from trustees and many in our community how shaken you were by the report from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury on sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests over a 70-year period and the failure to prevent, including the cover-ups, these horrendous crimes by bishops and others. When we read of 300 priests and 1,000 victims it does indeed shock and sadden us. We keep the survivors foremost in our hearts knowing their pain and hurt endure long after the abuse.
Aug 20, 2018
Read More about President’s Blog: Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Child Sex Abuse by Priests
Seattle University joins with others in the Seattle community and beyond in mourning and remembering with deep gratitude Archbishop Emeritus Raymond G. Hunthausen, who passed away Sunday at the age of 96. Archbishop Hunthausen had an outsized impact on our region and nation. Soon after being named bishop of his home Diocese of Helena, Montana, in 1962, he traveled to Rome for the Second Vatican Council. He was one of the youngest bishops to participate in the Council, and the experience profoundly influenced and shaped him and the kind of leader he would become.
Jul 24, 2018
Read More about Remembering Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen
I am writing on behalf and as part of a campus community committed to diversity, inclusion and being welcoming and supportive of all students, faculty and staff. It is especially important to reaffirm these core values for our international students and community members in light of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision and recent immigration policies separating families.
Jun 27, 2018
Read More about A Welcoming Community for International Students, Faculty and Staff
You likely have heard that the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games are coming to Seattle July 1-6 and that our university will serve as a venue for many of the events. Seattle University is honored and thrilled to assist in hosting the 50th anniversary of the Games.
Jun 22, 2018
Read More about Seattle U Co-Hosting Special Olympics USA July 1-6
This past year ushered in a heightened focus nationally and globally on sexual harassment, abuse and assault. It is an issue of critical importance to Seattle University and all of us as students, faculty and staff. The increased attention has led to conversations across campus about how we are facing these issues and have been acting to address them. They are important conversations for all of us to engage in openly, honestly and critically.
Jun 12, 2018
Read More about Combatting Sexual Misconduct and Supporting Survivors
We are right in the thick of it here at Seattle University. The end-of-year celebrations have begun and final exams are not far behind.
May 24, 2018
I am writing to update you on where we are in terms of moving forward on specific proposals to better support our LGBTQ community following recent events and the ensuing forums and conversations. The past couple of weeks have been an opportunity for me to listen and learn, first and foremost, from our LGBTQ students as to how the university can better support their needs and address their concerns. From the meetings I have had and the suggestions I have received, I am convinced we can and need to do better to make sure all of our LGBTQ students feel welcome, safe and a full sense of belonging.
May 9, 2018
Read More about Moving Forward in Support of Our LGBTQ Community
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Christina Roberts, associate professor of English, is the recipient of the 2018-2019 James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellowship. Named for a legendary Jesuit who devoted a half-century of his life to Seattle University, the fellowship recognizes an extraordinary faculty member who embodies the mission and values of our institution.
Apr 3, 2018
As we continue to mourn the victims of last month’s tragic shooting in Parkland, Fla., and all whose lives have been taken or changed by school shootings and gun violence, I want to share with you two messages: 1) an open letter written by Michael Sheeran, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, to President Trump and members of Congress; and 2) a message included below from Student Government of Seattle University President Pa Ousman Jobe, which he sent to undergraduate students and is now being shared with the entire campus community at his request.
Mar 7, 2018
Read More about President's Statement on Gun Violence and Message from SGSU
I am pleased to announce the speakers for our undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies, which will take place June 17.
Feb 23, 2018
It has been quite the winter at Seattle University. The month of February has been filled with a series of exciting events and happenings and we are not done yet.
Feb 21, 2018
Over the holiday break, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) formally disclaimed any interest in further representing our non-tenure-track and part-time faculty. In response to this formal disclaimer, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) revoked the SEIU’s certification as the collective-bargaining representative. Finally, on Friday, January 5, the NLRB allowed the SEIU to withdraw its previously filed Unfair Labor Practice charge and dismissed its Unfair Labor Practice complaint against the university. With that, the four-year-old legal dispute between the SEIU and the university is now finished.
Jan 8, 2018
Read More about Important Update Relating to Non-tenure-track and Part-time Faculty
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Martin, PhD, as Provost of Seattle University. Currently serving as dean of both the School of Education and Graduate Studies at our sister Jesuit institution Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Shane brings extraordinary experience in higher education, a lifelong commitment to Jesuit values and a vision for moving our university forward to meet the opportunities and challenges before us. He will join Seattle University on June 18.
Nov 28, 2017
Like many of you, we have been following the process and details of the tax reform legislation being debated by our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. The House of Representatives recently passed its version of tax reform legislation and the full Senate is set to begin debating its version this week. Should the Senate legislation pass, the House and Senate will need to resolve their differences before a final bill is approved.
Nov 27, 2017
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
Read More about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Alvin Sturdivant has been named Vice President for Student Development, a position he has held on an interim basis since June.
Aug 25, 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
Read More about Reflecting on Racism, Humanity and the Tragedy in Charlottesville
The death this week of Costco co-founder Jeff Brotman was sad news for our Seattle University community and city, and for me personally. Few people have made as significant an impact on our university as Jeff Brotman.
Aug 3, 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
As chair of the Seattle University Board of Trustees, I am pleased to share that last week the Board unanimously voted to reappoint Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., to a new five-year term as president of Seattle University.
Mar 1, 2017
Read More about Message from the Board: Fr. Sundborg Reappointed, SRI Items Approved
After meeting with members of the search committee and giving careful consideration to evaluations from our faculty, staff and students, I have decided not to offer the position of provost to either of our current candidates. While both finalists are excellent individuals with strong, relevant experience, I believe we are faced with a unique set of challenges and opportunities that demand we select an exceptional leader with a clear and compelling vision for our university and its academic programs and initiatives. We intend to reopen the search in late summer and interview final candidates on campus in the fall.
Jan 31, 2017
I believe it is important to reiterate what I said following last November’s presidential election and share with you the university’s deep concern about the immigration executive order issued by the new administration in Washington.
Jan 29, 2017
Read More about Statement by the President on Immigration Executive Order
Yesterday afternoon, President Trump signed an Executive Order banning non-immigrants of certain countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) from entering the United States for the next 90 days.
Jan 28, 2017
Fr. Sundborg signs statements in support of undocumented students.
Nov 30, 2016
Read More about Fr. Sundborg signs statements in support of undocumented students
Father Mike Kelliher, S.J., a dedicated and longstanding faculty member, passed away on Thanksgiving morning. Fr. Kelliher had been living at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif., following his retirement from Seattle University in 2012.
Nov 29, 2016
During this time of tension and anxiety surrounding the national discourse, I write to share and reaffirm that Seattle University remains steadfast in its commitment to support every student in our university community—regardless of your background, religion, beliefs, identity or immigration status.
Nov 21, 2016
Read More about Moving Forward Together in Solidarity and Care for One Another
As we approach Thanksgiving, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., provides an update on how SU’s fall academic term is going so far, recent recognition the university has received and areas in of emphasis for the months ahead.
Nov 16, 2016
As Seattle University closes tomorrow in observance of Veterans Day, let us all pause and reflect with gratitude upon the courage and commitment of our women and men in uniform.
Nov 10, 2016
This year’s presidential election was an extraordinarily contentious one. Now that it has come to an end, I want to take a moment to speak directly to those in our community—particularly our students—who feel marginalized and anxious, even afraid of what the future holds.
Nov 9, 2016
At his first open forum of the 2016-2017 academic year, Father Steve addressed a number of issues and topics.
Oct 27, 2016
I write at this time to share some information about an important process that the university will be undertaking this year – that of a Mission Examen.
Oct 20, 2016
I am pleased to share with you that Seattle University is formally recognizing the second Monday of October, beginning with Oct. 10 this year, as Indigenous People’s Day.
Oct 4, 2016
With classes beginning today, I want to welcome you to the start of a special academic year at Seattle University. This year we mark together the 125th anniversary of our founding as a Jesuit institution in Seattle. It is an occasion that calls for celebration and I invite you to join me in doing so.
Sep 21, 2016
Read More about Mass of the Holy Spirit and 125th Anniversary Kickoff
I am writing to share that Dean Jodi Kelly has retired from the university. I have also appointed her to the emeriti faculty for her many years of distinguished service.
Jul 21, 2016
I am very pleased to announce, effective immediately, the appointment of Natasha Martin, J.D., Associate Professor of Law, as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. Natasha will serve an initial appointment of three years and will report to the Provost and Executive Vice President. She will work out of the office next to mine in the Administration Building and have full access to engage in deliberations with the Cabinet on a frequent and ongoing basis.
Jul 20, 2016
Read More about Associate Vice President for Institutional Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
We in the Seattle University family join President Obama and others throughout the nation in mourning the victims of last week’s violence.
Jul 12, 2016
Read More about Reflecting on Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota
I am pleased to announce that Chris Van Liew has agreed to serve as Seattle University’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice President of Information Technology. In this role, Chris will be responsible for leading Information Technology Services in delivering technology services and maintaining a secure infrastructure that meets users’ needs, leverages efficiencies in operations and supports innovation in teaching, learning and scholarship.
Jun 14, 2016
Our nation, our city and our university are shocked and heartbroken by the mass shooting in Orlando this past weekend, and we join together in condemning this horrific act of violence against our brothers and sisters.
Jun 14, 2016
I am pleased to announce that Michelle Clements has agreed to serve as Seattle University’s Vice President for Human Resources. Michelle joins Seattle U with more than 18 years of senior executive and HR leadership experience, most recently in her role as Senior Vice President for Human Resources at REI
Jun 13, 2016
As we, our graduates and their families look forward to the celebratory events of this commencement weekend, it is important for us as a university community to take time to reflect on our shared experience of the past month.
Jun 9, 2016
Read More about Reflecting on the Past Month: Matteo Ricci College
It is important to have the Provost Search up and running at this time. The representatives of the search firm of Isaacson, Miller, Inc. are on campus and are holding the listening sessions of which you have been informed.
Jun 7, 2016
I am pleased to announce the beginning of the search process for the next provost of Seattle University. This is a very important process for all of us and for the fulfillment of our educational mission since the provost is the academic leader of the university.
Jun 3, 2016
As I recently announced , Provost Isiaah Crawford, PhD, has been named President of the University of Puget Sound. Today, I write to let you know that Bob Dullea, PhD, vice president for University Planning and vice provost, has agreed to serve as Interim Provost.
Mar 9, 2016
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., covered plenty of ground during his most recent forum, touching on more than a dozen topics. You can watch the video of the forum.
Mar 3, 2016
I write to announce that Provost Isiaah Crawford, PhD, has been named the 14th president of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He will begin his new role July 1, 2016. I join with you in congratulating him on this well-deserved appointment and express profound gratitude to him for his many contributions to Seattle University.
Feb 26, 2016
Learn more about what's happening on campus this quarter, plus Father Steve’s recent trip abroad and some new academic programs set to launch.
Jan 27, 2016
I write to announce that the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Final Report is now available to Seattle University students, faculty and staff and can be found here. Let me briefly share some of my thoughts on the context of this report and its value and importance to all of us.
Jan 25, 2016
Read More about Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Final Report
I am pleased to announce the formation of the University Leadership Council as a strengthened means for involving a broad and diverse set of university leaders in advising and informing the decision-making process of the university. Let me explain its origin and purpose.
Jan 21, 2016
Read More about Announcement of new University Leadership Council
In recent weeks, the University of Missouri, Yale University and the University of Louisville have been propelled into the national spotlight amidst allegations of racism and bias, prompting advocacy and activism on each campus. The hatred and level of vitriol on display has shocked and saddened individuals and communities throughout the nation and across the world, including those of us here at Seattle University.
Nov 12, 2015
Read More about Diversity, Inclusion, and the University of Missouri
Watch the video to learn more about Seattle University’s record-setting undergraduate enrollment, the latest rankings from U.S. News, our new fundraising milestone and some of the prominent speakers on campus this fall.
Oct 12, 2015
Hear from Fr. Steve about this year’s Commencement speakers, what’s shaping up to be a larger-than-expected freshman class this fall and more.
May 21, 2015
FY16 Budget, Fall Enrollment Outlook Focus of President's Forum.
Mar 21, 2015
At his quarterly President's Forum in Pigott Auditorium, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., began with a progress report on the still developing FY16 budget.
Mar 12, 2015
The following update was sent to students, faculty and staff on January 22, 2015:
Jan 22, 2015
As we head into the Christmas season, I find my thoughts turning most often to gratitude-gratitude for what each and every one of you contributes to our educational mission and gratitude for the many ways our institution is blessed.
Dec 18, 2014