The President’s Office
Thomas H. Smolich, SJ
Father Thomas Smolich has served as the President of the Jesuit Conference of the United States since June 2006. Prior to becoming president, Father Smolich served a six-year term as the Provincial of the Jesuits of the California Province, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. The Province includes 425 Jesuits at work in three universities, six high schools, fourteen parishes, and two spirituality centers, among other ministries. Smolich entered the Jesuits in 1974, was ordained a priest in 1986 and earned an MBA from Stanford University in 1996. Before joining the California Province staff as Assistant to the Provincial for Planning and Programs in 1988, he served as a project manager for the Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, developing affordable housing for families in the San Francisco Bay area, and spent seven years at Dolores Mission Parish in East Los Angeles.