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The Reverend Stephen Privett, S.J. is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Society of Jesus. Father Privett is the 27th and current president of the University of San Francisco.[1]

Born in San Francisco, California, Father Privett joined the Society of Jesus in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1972. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Gonzaga University, a masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and a doctorate in catechetics from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

He served as, among others, instructor and principal at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California and associate professor at Santa Clara University. While at Santa Clara, Father Privett was appointed academic vice-president in 1991 and provost in 1997.

In 2000, Father Privett was appointed president of the University of San Francisco, succeeding Father John Schlegel, S.J.

In January of 2007, Father Privett performed the Invocation at the opening of the 110th Congress and the swearing in of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

Privett has received criticism for his recent decision to cut USF's Masters in Theology Program. [2]

After concerned pro-life activists contacted Privett over the school's decision to honor a bishop famed for promoting condom use, the president replied that the bishop is "in perfectly good standing" with the Church, and should not be criticized. [3]


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