The Rev. Anthony Giampietro
, CSB, will be the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, Calif., effective July 1.
Father Giampietro said he first became aware of this position when Dr. Melanie Morey, provost at Saint Patrick's, contacted him last October. She and Father John Piderit, S.J., are co-authors of the book “Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis
“I have had a very high regard for Melanie and Father Piderit since I first met them about five years ago,” he said. “St. Patrick’s has an outstanding team of committed faculty, staff and administrators. I feel honored that they have asked me to join them.”
Father Giampietro, associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy, has been at UST since 2002. Dr. Dominic Aquila
, vice president for academic affairs, noted Father’s connection with students, his unwavering smile and uplifting personality. Dr. Aquila described Father Giampietro’s influence on the campus community and expressed how the news is bittersweet.
"Father Anthony exemplifies the very best of the Catholic intellectual and wisdom traditions,” Aquila said. “He seamlessly integrates faith and reason in his life and work, and inspires students to aspire to do the same. Speaking for our faculty and students, we are grateful we have had Father Anthony with us. He enriched our lives, and he will do the same for the community at St. Patrick's."
St. Patrick’s Seminary was founded in 1898 and is staffed by the Sulpician Fathers, the same community that educated the first Basilians in France 200 years ago. The seminary’s primary purpose is the formation of Roman Catholic priests for a contemporary, multicultural world, especially for dioceses within the Western United States and the Pacific Rim. It currently enrolls seminarians from 16 dioceses and archdioceses.
Father Giampietro’s responsibilities will include overseeing both the development office and the academic programs at St. Patrick’s Seminary.
University President Dr. Robert Ivany
said Father Giampietro has inspired countless students during his tenure at UST.
“His dynamic and challenging courses have brought the Catholic intellectual tradition to life for students of every background,” Ivany said. “Whether in the classroom or on the basketball court, we will miss him and wish him every success and happiness in his new position.”
A member of the Congregation of Saint Basil, Father Giampietro received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He received a master’s in philosophy and a Master of Divinity in theology from the University of Toronto, and he earned a doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University. He has spoken and published extensively on a broad range of issues, including bioethics, marriage and family life, and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
Father Giampietro will miss his students and the UST campus.
"A big part of my heart will always be at UST,” Father Giampietro said. “I have been blessed to have the opportunity to teach here and to have the privilege of thinking through and discussing important questions with really great students."