Rev. John P. McGarry, S.J.
Former President

Image of Rev. John P. McGarry, S.J. on campus in front of garden

John P. McGarry, S.J. was elected to the University of San Francisco Board of Trustees in June 2012.  He was first elected to the Board in September 1998 and he served until he was named California Provincial of the Society of Jesus in 2005.

A native of Los Angeles, California, Fr. McGarry entered the Society of Jesus in 1981 after graduating from Loyola High School of Los Angeles and attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington for a year.  After the novitiate in Santa Barbara, California, John studied at Loyola University of New Orleans and then graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in Philosophy. 

From 1986 to 1989, John did regency at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona. During his first year at Brophy, John taught English, Spanish, and Liturgy and assisted in Campus Ministry.  From 1987 to 89, he served as the Director of Campus Ministry at Brophy. 

From 1989 to 1993, John attended the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley where he completed a Master of Divinity degree in preparation for ordination to the priesthood.  Also during those years, he completed a M.A. in Education in Private School Administration at the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco. 

From 1993 to 1997, John served as Director of Campus Ministry at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. 

John served as Associate Principal at Jesuit High School in Sacramento in 1997 and served as Principal from 1998 to 2005. 

In 2005, he was named Provincial of the California Province of the Society of Jesus, supervising approximately three-hundred seventy-five Jesuits involved in three universities, eight high schools, one Nativity School, ten parishes, six social ministries, three retreat/ spirituality centers, and other educational, pastoral and social ministries. 

Following a six year term as Provincial, Fr. McGarry was appointed by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus to serve as Rector of the Jesuit Community of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley.

In 2018, Fr. McGarry was appointed President of Jesuit High School Sacramento.