Mission Matters


Comings and goings

Silicon Valley vet takes the helm at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society

Thane Kreiner
Thane Kreiner
Photo: Charles Barry

This September, Thane Kreiner began his work as the new executive director for the Center for Science, Technology, and Society with a modest goal: By 2020, leverage the work of the center to affect the lives of a billion people. At the same time, the center has begun taking important strides toward playing a more active role on the SCU campus.

Kreiner, who also holds the title of University Professor of Science and Technology for Social Benefit, hopes to leverage some remarkable networks to take ideas for social benefit to scale: alumni of the Tech Awards and SCU's Global Social Benefit Incubator, plus the global network of Jesuit higher-education institutions. This winter took him to India to meet with social entrepreneurs who are part of those groups.

Turning science and technology to a social good has long been something that matters to him deeply, Kreiner says. He comes to his new post having served as president and CEO of PhyloTech, a startup company focused on advancing human and environmental health. He founded and directed two other startup companies, preSage BioSciences and iAccessCare, and served as president and CEO of the company now known as iPierian. But Kreiner is no stranger to SCU; he is a longtime member of the advisory board (and its executive committee) of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Jim Briggs heads for School of Applied Theology in Oakland

Jim Briggs
Jim Briggs
Photo: Charles Barry

Jim Briggs, who served as executive assistant to the president since 1999, has stepped down from his post at SCU to become executive director of the School of Applied Theology (SAT), an affiliate program of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley—of which the Jesuit School of Theology at SCU is also a part. Briggs also expects to devote more time to an organization he helped co-found several years ago, Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality.

Briggs assumed the role of president's chief of staff a dozen years ago with a decade of work at SCU already under his belt, having served 1989–99 as vice president for student development and then vice provost for student life and dean of students.

Before joining SCU, Briggs directed career services at the University of California, Berkeley and Georgetown University, and he served as campus minister at the University of Miami.

Kevin Quinn, S.J., tapped as president for University of Scranton

Kevin Quinn
Kevin Quinn
Photo: Charles Barry

Fr. Kevin Quinn departs the Mission Campus to take on responsibilities as the 25th president of the University of Scranton. At SCU, Fr. Quinn served as executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education since 2006; he has also held the post of professor of law and taught a seminar in bioethics and the law. Ordained a priest in 1985, he previously taught at Georgetown University.

Steven Boyd Saum

Spring 2011

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