Two Jesuit educators were elected to Santa Clara University's Board of
Trustees, bringing to 44 the number of members of the governing body
that helps steer strategies and priorities of the 163-year-old private
The two new trustees, Erick Berrelleza, S.J., and Matthew E. Carnes,
S.J., were approved by a board vote on June 6, 2014. Both are members of
the California Province of the Society of Jesus.
"We are pleased to welcome Fr. Carnes and Mr. Berrelleza to
our board," said President Michael Engh, S.J. "As Jesuits who are highly
regarded in their respective fields, they bring perspectives that will
both guide and enrich us as we move forward with our integrated
Berrelleza is a Jesuit scholastic currently pursuing master's degrees in
theology and divinity at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
in preparation for ordination. He currently serves as a pastoral
minister at St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Charlestown,
Mass., and researches with the Center for Applied Research in the
Apostolate at Georgetown University. His previous appointments have
included advocacy for asylum seekers with Jesuit Refugee Service in
Munich, Germany; chaplain at the Institute for Latin American Concern in
the Dominican Republic, an immersion organization for Creighton
University students; and a teacher of religion and English at Colegio
San Javier in Uruguay. He has a B.A in philosophy from Loyola Marymount
University and has studied political philosophy at the Hochschule fur
Philosophie in Munich.
Originally from Los Angeles, Calif., he taught religious studies at
Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose from 2010 to 2012 and has
served on special assignment at the President's Office at SCU.
"I am honored to be elected to the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara
University," said Berrelleza. "The mission of Santa Clara energizes my
own passion for education and pastoral work in a global context. I look
forward to collaborating with the board to serve the members of this
generous, visionary, and compassionate community."
Carnes, a native of San Carlos, Calif., has been assistant professor of
government at Georgetown since 2009 and is the recipient of several
awards for outstanding teaching and faculty excellence. He spent a year
as a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and a semester as a fellow
at the University of Notre Dame's Kellogg Institute for International
Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford, where
he also received his B.A. in international relations. He holds a M.Div.
degree from the Jesuit School of Theology of Berkeley (now of Santa
Clara University) and an M.A. in philosophical resources from Fordham
A Jesuit priest since 2003, he was a Jesuit scholar-in-residence at
Unity residential learning community at SCU from 2004 to 2008 and from
2011 to 2012. During that time, he periodically served as coordinator
for student immersions in Tijuana, Mexico.
"I have a great fondness for Santa Clara University and the time I've
spent here," said Carnes. "The University is a remarkable community of
open, intellectual debate that keeps justice for the world's poorest and
most needy at the forefront in all its endeavors. It will be a privilege
to contribute to Santa Clara's work and foster its growth."
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university
located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California's Silicon Valley,
offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in
arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master's
and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one
of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master's universities,
California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates
faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more
information, see www.scu.edu.
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