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 E. Case, S.J., Vice President for Mission, joined Gonzaga in June 2011. He serves as the President’s chief adviser on matters related to Jesuit and Catholic institutional identity, and works with faculty, staff and students to deepen understanding of the institution’s educational mission and its relation to Catholic and Jesuit traditions.

Bernard J. Coughlin, S.J., Chancellor, was appointed as the University's first chancellor in 1996 following 22 years as president, the longest in Gonzaga history. He is an adviser to the president and his cabinet, and maintains relationships with many of the University's friends and benefactors.

Mike Herzog, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the President, has seved on the President's Cabinet since 2009. He works closely with the president as his advisor and assists in carrying out initiatives of the senior administration.

Jim R. Jones, Interim CIO, joined Gonzaga in August 2004. He has served as Director of Client Support Services and Director of IT Operations. Appointed Interim CIO in July 2015, he oversees all information technology infrastructure and operations.

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.

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, investments, long term financing, insurance and risk management, property acquisition, campus master planning, and construction.

Robert “Skip” Myers., Interim Vice-President for Administration and Planning, appointed in September, 2015. He is responsible for several administrative, operational and business support operations, including the Hemmingson Center & Auxiliary Services, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Plant and Construction Services, Campus Printing and Mail Services,  Purchasing, and the ZagShop.

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.

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).

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.

Exec. Assistant to the President
Julia Bjordahl

Sr. Admin. Assistant
Geneva Finley

Admin. Assistant
Katie Galassi