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Thu May 13, 2021, 01:37 AM

Santa Clara University President Kevin O'Brien resigns after 'inappropriate behaviors'

Source: San Jose Mercury News

SANTA CLARA — Just five months ago, Santa Clara University President Kevin O’Brien stood beneath the marble and mosaics of St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C., presiding over an inauguration-morning Mass and wishing his old friend and president-elect Joe Biden sitting in the pews “a deep-seated peace that will sustain you.”

On Wednesday, the 54-year-old Jesuit priest’s rising star came crashing down when the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees announced O’Brien’s resignation, citing unspecified “inappropriate behaviors” that involved mostly conversations with Jesuit graduate students.

The unfathomable downfall of the man who was a lawyer before a priest, cared for lepers in India and rose through the ranks at Georgetown University before being named Santa Clara University president just two years ago left the Catholic school stunned. At the same time, in a letter to the school community, O’Brien opened up about personal alcohol use and stress management.

Placed on leave two months ago by the Jesuits USA West Province when an investigation into his behavior was first announced, O’Brien was given the option of remaining on leave and enrolling in a four- to six-month therapeutic outpatient program — which he has begun — to address “related personal issues,” including alcohol, according to a letter sent to the university community Wednesday morning.

Read more: https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/05/12/santa-clara-university-president-kevin-obrien-resigns-after-inappropriate-behaviors/

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