Santa Clara University president resigns following misconduct allegations

By: | May 13, 2021

Santa Clara University President Kevin O’Brien, a Jesuit priest, has resigned following misconduct allegations. O’Brien notified the university’s board of trustees of his departure on Sunday and the board accepted his resignation the following day.

He was placed on leave in March for alleged misconduct involving conversations in adult settings, the university confirmed.

It’s unknown what O’Brien said, but the problems arose during dinners with graduate students where alcohol was consumed, the university’s trustees said.

The Jesuit West Province conducted an independent investigation into the allegations and found that he did engage in behavior inconsistent with Province protocols.

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