Daniel Press Named Arts and Sciences Dean at Santa Clara University

Daniel Press, Ph.D., associate dean and professor of environmental studies at University of California, Santa Cruz, has been selected as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University. Press, who has taught at UC Santa Cruz for 28 years, has extensive administrative experience and a long record of fostering faculty research. Among his many accomplishments, Press raised $13 million for UCSC’s sustainable agriculture program; helped establish the Environmental Studies Ph.D., master’s in Coastal Science and Policy and Agroecology bachelor’s degree program there; and acted as a mentor to dozens of faculty members and graduate students.

“Serving Santa Clara University in a leadership role that draws on all my skills and experience is deeply fulfilling and a tremendous honor,” says Press. “As a leader, I strive to convey an ambitious sense of what is possible, and in SCU, I find an institution willing to imagine—and enact—bold innovations on behalf of its community.” 

“I am delighted that Daniel has agreed to serve as the next Dean of the College,” said Kevin O’Brien, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. “He is an accomplished scholar and a proven academic leader. He shares the aspirations and values of our Jesuit mission, including a commitment to the care of each person and service to the common good.”

WittKieffer’s Suzanne Teer, Julia Venetos and Alejandra Gillette-Teran led this search.

Read the press announcement.