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USF President Named ‘Most Admired CEO’

USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J.

USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. is named "Most Admired CEO" by the San Francisco Business Times.

University of San Francisco President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. has been named Most Admired CEO of the year by the San Francisco Business Times, joining prior years’ distinguished winners such as the San Francisco Giants’ Peter Magowan and PG&E’s Peter Darbee.

Fr. Privett was selected in the “large nonprofit” category for his commitment to innovation and dedication to the local community. As president, he established new campuses in downtown San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento to connect students and faculty to leading California thinkers and companies; created the California Prize for Service and the Common Good to honor California leaders who give back to the less fortunate; and oversaw 38 percent growth in total student enrollment, while recruiting students with the highest grade point averages and test scores in the university’s history.

Highlights & Accomplishments

Also during Fr. Privett’s tenure, USF:

  • Made service to the community a priority by establishing the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought; and by becoming one of the first universities in the country to require students to earn service-learning credits in order to graduate—winning national recognition along the way
  • Expanded the College of Nursing’s educational mission to include the rapidly-growing health sector—which is reflected in the college’s new name: the College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Added almost 400 study abroad courses, to increase students’ global perspective
  • Ranked among the top six most diverse universities in the country, with 40 percent of students identifying as minorities
  • Made the top 100 “Great Colleges to Work For” (Chronicle of Higher Education 2010)
  • More than tripled its operating revenue, allowing the university to expand student programs, upgrade classrooms and campus housing, and build new facilities like the new John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation

Gala celebration

Fr. Privett, and CEOs in 10 other categories, will be honored at a gala event on Nov. 12 and be profiled in the Nov. 15 special “Most Admired CEO” issue of the San Francisco Business Times.

Written by Heidi Patton »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews