Office of the President

Welcome to the Office of the President

There is much success to reflect upon as the academic year comes toward its conclusion. 

What a year it has been. It started out with the public launch of the landmark Gonzaga Will campaign and its defining $55 million gift from Miss Myrtle Woldson, part of a three-day Zagapalooza weekend that included the dedication of the John J. Hemmingson Center.

Gonzaga Will, a commitment to raise $250 million for future generations of students, is now much closer to its goal. The largest fundraising endeavor in our history will build up our endowment to support scholarships for students who otherwise couldn’t attend.

The fourth annual Gonzaga Day featured an engaging “Zag Talk” and the announcement of a generous gift from the Wolff family that reflected the celebration’s focus on academic innovation. The spirit of Zags helping Zags has been evident throughout the year.

We recently announced an agreement that makes Gonzaga a partner in the University of Washington’s regional, community-based medical education program. Starting in fall 2016, the program will welcome its largest-ever class to facilities on our campus. Its launch sets in motion plans to advance interdisciplinary health sciences teaching in Spokane.

Gonzaga faculty will recruit, teach and mentor medical students together with UW faculty utilizing UW’s visionary medical curriculum. UW and GU will also embark on a collaborative Regional Health Initiative to develop shared facilities and high-impact, applied research. A dedicated executive director at Gonzaga, Spokane-based UW School of Medicine leadership, and a new Community Advisory Board will guide the partnership.

This partnership says much about the high quality of education Gonzaga brings to the table in partnership with a premier institution such as UW. We are excited to see this effort grow and thrive for years to come.

Commencement is around the corner and an accomplished graduating class will go out into the world to serve others. Developing that sense of purpose is what we’re about: educating individuals of faith, courage and compassion, who lead in thought, word and deed. We can’t wait to welcome families and friends to Spokane to celebrate with us.

This institution continues to grow and accomplish great things only through the dedication and sacrifice of so many in the Gonzaga community. 

With gratitude,
Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.

Chief of Staff to the President
John Sklut

Exec. Assistant to the President
Julia Bjordahl

Sr. Admin. Assistant
Geneva Finley

Sr. Admin. Assistant
Katie Galassi