Jesuit Mission Leadership Nicaragua Trip
Annual leadership retreats to developing areas provide first-hand insight about social justice issues and the needs of the world's poorest citizens.
Jesuit Mission Leadership foundation grant
Jesuit Foundation Grants are awarded to faculty engaged in morally and academically important work.
Jesuit Mission Leadership El Salvador Trip
Faculty immersion trips to El Salvador help deepen our sensitivity to the challenges and conditions facing the country.
Jesuit Mission Leadership Turpin award
Provost Turpin is recognized for her outstanding leadership contributions in the Bay Area.

Leading a community of scholars toward a future of service and excellence

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USF’s leadership team, led by Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J., is deeply committed to giving students and faculty the best tools available to realize USF’s mission of bettering the world.

As articulated in the 2028 plan, USF has identified five areas of focus — Jesuit Catholic tradition, academic excellence, our San Francisco location, diversity, and a global perspective. These five strengths, and their integration into the fabric of campus life, set USF apart.

With Father Privett unanimously approved for his third term as USF president, we are confident that USF will remain an academic and cultural leader in San Francisco and the world.

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Fr. Stephen A. Privett, USF’s 27th President

USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., was signed to a third five-year term which began in September, 2010. A native of San Francisco, Fr. Privett began his tenure as the 27th president of the University of San Francisco on September 15, 2000.

Prior to his appointment at USF, Father Privett served as provost and academic vice president at Santa Clara University. As provost, he was responsible for oversight of student life, intercollegiate athletics, as well as academic affairs.

Throughout his career, Father Privett has demonstrated a commitment to “wholeperson education,” a traditional hallmark of Jesuit education. At Santa Clara, he helped establish the Eastside Project, a program that has received national recognition as a model program for community-based learning.

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“Every university strives for academic excellence. Our goal is bigger: to deliver a humanizing education that cultivates both the knowledge and the compassion our graduates will need to be agents of positive change.”

— USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J.