Office of the President
Welcome to the Office of the President
As another academic year comes to a close, it is with gratitude and excitement that I share the following, truly significant news for our University.
Last month, we were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Miss Myrtle E. Woldson, a true friend of Gonzaga and patroness of the city of Spokane. Miss Woldson had close ties to Gonzaga for more than five decades, and had just turned 104 years old when she passed away on April 11. Miss Woldson held a lifelong commitment to the arts, music, and education. She has celebrated that love with a bequest to design, build and furnish a state-of-the art Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Gonzaga University. The facility will be named in her honor: The Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center. Estimated at 52,000-square-feet, the building will include a 750-seat performance theatre which she asked be named for Fr. Bernard J. Coughlin, S.J., Chancellor of Gonzaga, as well as areas dedicated to instruction in music, dance, and theatre arts. Many of the details of the facility, including its location on campus, have not yet been finalized and will be announced this fall.
Gonzaga’s 121st Commencement was held on Mother’s Day weekend as is our tradition. Our annual graduation ceremonies underscore the essence of Gonzaga: education of the whole person; mind, body and spirit. Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic values enable our students to unfold their wings into a more thoughtful and generous version – the best version – of their young adult selves. This year Gonzaga graduates 1,164 seniors, 944 graduate students, 19 doctoral students and 165 law students.
This summer, campus will be buzzing – and hammering and clanging – with the sounds of progress. The 167,726 square-foot John J. Hemmingson University Center is starting to take shape with steel beams rising from the foundation and first floor concrete being poured. This life-changing asset for Gonzaga’s 21st century is made possible through the generous and humbling philanthropy of Gonzaga Trustee John J. Hemmingson.
Such progress was literally a “game-changer” for this year’s tennis and golf student athletes. The Stevens Center, Gonzaga’s new state-of-the-art indoor tennis and golf facility, hosted its first season of competition this spring. Thanks to the generosity of Jeff and Sharon Stevens, parents of Colin Stevens (’13), Sharon and Jim Powers (’79), and several other donors, this new center will expose scores of student-athletes to the Gonzaga experience and afford them a world-class competitive advantage.