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Dale Goodwin, Director
Peter Tormey, Associate Director
|Thayne M. McCulloh Appointed GU Interim President|
The Gonzaga University Board of Trustees on Friday (April 17) appointed Thayne M. McCulloh as interim president at Gonzaga, beginning in mid-July. McCulloh has served the University for nearly 19 years in various administrative and academic capacities. He will serve as interim president until a search for a highly qualified and available Jesuit candidate results in the appointment of a permanent successor to Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., who will complete his 11-year term as president July 15.
McCulloh, 44, has served the past two years as interim academic vice president following the departure of Stephen Freedman, who became senior vice president at Fordham University. Prior to that McCulloh was vice president for administration and planning, associate academic vice president, dean of financial services, dean of student academic services, assistant dean of students, and held several other student life positions. He has been integrally involved in shaping Gonzaga’s current strategic plan, developing its enrollment strategy, and in 2004 chaired the institution’s comprehensive institutional accreditation process. McCulloh has taught as a member of Gonzaga’s psychology department faculty and facilitated numerous student research projects. He also has served the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities as a team member and chair, engaged in evaluating the effectiveness of peer institutions in the Pacific Northwest.
“The mission of Gonzaga is strong and well articulated,” Nelles emphasized, “and the faculty here are second-to-none. Dr. McCulloh is blessed to have a cadre of vice presidents who have a collective service to the University of well over 130 years. He knows the institution well, is an experienced administrator, and the right person at the right time in Gonzaga University’s history.”
The institution’s strategic plan, Vision 2012, is in place and serves as a blueprint for University progress over the next five years. Prospective student applications are on par with last year’s number, and there is every indication that enrollment will hold strong in the fall. To assist in supporting the University’s efforts to keep current students enrolled, members of the Board of Trustees have formed an assistance fund for students whose families may have experienced layoffs or other financial strife in this volatile economic period.
Search for Jesuit President Continues
THAYNE M. McCULLOH -- Biography
McCulloh’s employment at Gonzaga began in 1990 and involved serving in several positions within student affairs as well as teaching in the psychology department (beginning in 1994). From 1990-92 he coordinated the work of the residence hall staff, and following a one-year leave of absence returned in 1993 as director of housing. During his tenure in housing the Dussault Apartments were completed and the Burch Apartments were constructed. In 1995, he was appointed assistant dean of students, and was instrumental in the founding of disability support services. In 1996, he was appointed dean of student academic services; in 1998 he was appointed dean of student financial services. In each role, he was involved in the redesign of the institution’s enrollment management infrastructure, examination of student retention, and development of a new approach to financial aid policy. In 2002, he was appointed associate academic vice president and also successfully chaired the comprehensive institutional accreditation (2004). In 2004, he was appointed vice president for administration and planning, which involved work with the plant and construction services, human resources, disability resources, student financial services, and information technology divisions. As VP for administration, he chaired the development of the institutional strategic plan and provided oversight for the architecture of the campus wireless network.
Upon the departure of former Academic Vice President Dr. Stephen Freedman in summer 2007, McCulloh was appointed interim academic vice president. During his tenure in this position, his focus has been on working to improve core administrative and resource-allocation processes, initiating a new core curriculum review process, and supporting faculty-based initiatives oriented towards improvement in the teaching and learning environment.
McCulloh has developed expertise in several key areas of higher education administration, including financial aid and retention, leadership development, professional mentoring, and organizational succession planning; he has been engaged as a consultant in these areas by numerous institutions. Until recently, he also remained actively engaged in undergraduate teaching and facilitating student research – particularly in the area of cross-cultural psychology – as part of the psychology department.
McCulloh is married to Julie McCulloh, dean of Admission at Gonzaga University. The couple has three daughters, Kathryne, Anne, and Emily. The McCulloh family is active in the community of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Spokane. McCulloh’s professional activities have involved longstanding service to regional accreditation in the Northwest, service as a member and officer on the board of directors for EdFund (a public-benefit corporation of the California Student Aid Commission), and appointment to the Spokane Human Rights Commission. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the College Board. McCulloh’s biography appears in Who’s Who in America, and this past January he was honored by the Fulcrum Foundation of Seattle as a Champion of Catholic Education.
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