The President’s Cabinet

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., President, was elected as interim President by the Board of Trustees in July 2009. On October 22, 2010, Gonzaga University formally inaugurated Dr. McCulloh as its 26th President, the first lay President elected to the post. He is Gonzaga's chief executive officer and oversees all administrative functions, operations and the general direction of the University. The president represents the University before the public, and is the University’s ultimate administrative authority.

John D. Sklut, J.D., Chief of Staff, was appointed in September 2015. He is responsible for protecting, promoting, and advancing the interests of the University by supporting the vision and goals of the President.  John initiates and coordinates the flow of communications with, and amongst, the president’s executive team and chairs the President’s Cabinet in the absence of the President. He assumes responsibility for specified special projects as delegated by the President.

Judi Biggs Garbuio, Ph.D., became Gonzaga's Vice President for Student Development in July of 2013, with a thirty year record of successful professional experience. She oversees most non-academic student programs and services, including housing and residence life, judicial affairs and student conduct, parent relations, student activities, clubs and organizations, student publications, career center, counseling, health and wellness, the Crosby Student Center, the Center for Community Action and Service Learning, the Unity Multicultural Education Center, as well as, campus public safety and security.

Frank Case, S.J., Vice President of the University, joined Gonzaga in June 2011 as Vice President for Mission.  He continues to serve the University in an advisory role and as Chaplain of the Men’s Basketball team.

Patricia O'Connell Killen, Ph.D., Academic Vice President, joined Gonzaga in July 2010. She is responsible for all academic programs, the faculty, and those offices that support students’ academic educational experience at Gonzaga most directly. Her portfolio includes academic departments, faculty appointment and review, the faculty senate, institutional research and planning, registrar, academic advising and assistance, library services, academic technology, academic diversity initiatives, the Office of Sponsored Projects, the Center for Global Engagement (which includes study abroad and services to international students), and special academic centers such as the Institute for Hate Studies.

Pat Lee, S.J., returned to Gonzaga in September 2016 as Vice President for Mission & Ministry after previously serving in this role from 2005-2008.  He was appointed to Provincial of the Oregon Province from 2008-2014 and spent the following two years serving as the Superior of Community of the Holy Land – Jerusalem.  The Division of Mission and Ministry at Gonzaga exists to provide mission-relevant information, programs, leadership and pastoral support for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and governing board.

Maureen McGuire, J.D., General Counsel, joined Gonzaga in 2013 and is the University's chief legal adviser and responsible for all legal affairs.

Charles J. Murphy, Vice President for Finance, has served in that role since 1985. He is the University's chief financial officer and oversees accounting and financial recordkeeping, operating and capital budgets, purchasing, investments, long term financing, insurance, emergency prepareness & risk management, property acquisition, and campus master planning.

Joseph Poss, Vice President for University Advancement, was appointed to this leadership role in July 2013. He oversees the University’s Development, Alumni Relations and Marketing/Communications operations. He joined University Advancement in 1998. 

Raymond F. Reyes, Ph.D., Associate Academic Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, joined Gonzaga in 1988.  He serves as the chief advisor on the university commitments to assure culturally inclusive policies and equity-based practices which optimize the educational and faith-based value of human diversity consistent with the University’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and identity.  Raymond coordinates a comprehensive menu of programs, services, and activities across the vice presidential divisions designed to develop and increase the intercultural competence of the university’s workforce, student body, academic programs and student development services.

Mike Roth, Athletic Director, assumed his post in 1997. He oversees all athletic programs, facilities and initiatives related to Gonzaga’s participation in Division 1 intercollegiate athletics in NCAA and West Coast Conference competition, as well as Rudolf Fitness Center and intramural sports.

Joseph P. Smith, Associate Vice President for Finance, joined Gonzaga in October 2010 after spending nine years in public accounting. In collaboration with the Vice President for Finance, he assists in the oversight of accounting and financial recordkeeping, oversees the development and monitoring of operating and capital budgets, manages short term investments and the administration of endowment investments, and assists in long term financing. Joseph is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Borre Ulrichsen, Chief Information Officer, joined Gonzaga in August 2016. He is responsible for Administration, Communication and Training, Data Center Infrastructure, Enterprise Resource Planning Services, Network and Telecommunications, Project Management Office, Support Center, Technology Education Services and the Next Generation Tech Bar.

Kirk J. Wood-Gaines, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, joined Gonzaga in 2013. He oversees a full suite of human resources services including policy administration, equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, total compensation, environmental health and safety and accommodations.

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.

Chief of Staff to the President
John Sklut

Exec. Assistant to the President
Julia Bjordahl

Sr. Admin Assistant
Katie Galassi

Admin. Assistant/Event Coordinator
Allison Peterson