Community

It takes everyone to build something special.

Paul and Barbara Gentzkow come to Santa Clara not as alumni or parents of students, but as community members—people in Silicon Valley who see a need for what SCU has to offer. The couple discovered the power of a Jesuit education when their son Joe studied at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose.

“What really has touched our lives is how the Jesuits focus on doing the right thing for others, social justice, and approaching everything from an ethical perspective,” says Paul, COO at Robert Half.

The Gentzkows got involved in the high school, fundraising, and serving on the board. And then, at the request of former SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., they got involved with Santa Clara—serving on the Board of Trustees until 2019 and on the $1 billion Innovating with a Mission campaign cabinet.

They are particularly drawn to support the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. “In today’s world where people can be so cynical, Santa Clara provides a light we need in a lot of ways.”

One of Paul’s final jobs with the board was co-chairing the committee that selected the University’s new President, Kevin O’Brien, S.J., helping launch SCU into the future. Join them at campaign.scu.edu 

post-image The Gentzkows / Image by Jim Gensheimer
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