Fr. Michael Zampelli, S.J., a faculty member since 1998 and currently the Paul Locatelli University Professor in the department of theatre and dance, has been named rector to the Jesuit community at Santa Clara University.
As rector of the second-largest Jesuit community in the California province of Jesuits, Zampelli will serve as the religious superior for his 40 fellow Jesuits on campus. His role is to support and serve them in living their personal, communal, and apostolic lives as Jesuits. Jesuits are members of the Catholic order of priests, the Society of Jesus.
Appointed to his role by Fr. General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Zampelli will work closely with University President Michael Engh, S.J., in cultivating the Jesuit and Catholic mission of SCU.