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Santa Clara University President Rev. Kevin O’Brien has been placed on leave pending an investigation into reports of unspecified impropriety, in a surprising development for California’s oldest institution of higher learning.
According to a notice from John M. Sobrato, chair of the University Board of Trustees, O’Brien, who became Santa Clara University’s 29th president two years ago and presided over a Mass attended by President-elect Joe Biden in January before he was sworn in, has pledged to fully cooperate with the probe.
He is 54 years old.
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The Jesuit priest made headlines after presiding over President Joe Biden’s inauguration mass at the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle. In a world of never-ending sexual abuse scandals, the 54-year-old reverend became the Catholic university’s president two years ago and is known to frequently write about church reforms.
President Biden has been a friend of O’Brien’s for 15 years, dating back to when he was a student at Georgetown University. He also presided over Vice President Joe Biden’s inauguration services. Biden is the United States’ second Catholic president.
The Jesuit Provincial Office of the USA West is currently investigating O’Brien’s actions. Father O’Brien “has pledged to cooperate fully with the investigation and honor the process that he affirms annually as part of his ongoing Jesuit training,” according to the board of trustees at Santa Clara University.
The board has also urged witnesses with firsthand knowledge of O’Brien’s alleged actions to come forward and assist the investigation.
SNAP had demanded accountability about O’Brien’s transgressions in response to the board of trustees’ statement.
The SNAP statement said, “While we appreciate that action has been taken by the Santa Clara board of trustees, we think that the vague statement released by the university does no favors to either the university community or the alleged victims,”