News Releases

Joint Venture board adds Santa Clara University provost

Dennis Jacobs headshotDennis Jacobs elected at quarterly meeting

November 22, 2013 – The Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors today elected Santa Clara University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis Jacobs, Ph.D., to the board at its quarterly meeting in Redwod Shores.

As provost, Jacobs oversees the schools and College along with all undergraduate and graduate educational programs and curricular offerings. He works to enhance the intellectual vibrancy of the faculty, student body, and curriculum by providing leadership in matters related to academic affairs, faculty affairs, information services, and student life.

Jacobs earned his doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University and bachelor's degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of California at Irvine.  Jacobs was a chemistry professor at the University of Notre Dame from 1988-2011, and from 2004-2011 he served as Notre Dame’s Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and International Studies.

In 2002 the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Jacobs the “U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.”

About Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Joint Venture Silicon Valley was established in 1993. A nonprofit organization, the group convenes the region’s leaders across every major sector – government, business, academia, labor, and community organizations. The organization provides data and analysis on our region’s challenges, and leads initiatives to address those challenges. Joint Venture is funded by cities and counties, local companies, colleges and universities, labor and workforce institutions and foundations. For more information, visit

Media Kit

To view a collection of resources for members of the media and others interested in sharing information about our work, please visit our Media Kit page.

News Coverage

Joint Venture's initiatives, publications, events and regional expertise receive frequent coverage in the national and local news media. Our staff is always available to comment on economic trends in Silicon Valley.

View news coverage.