University Committees

University Committees with Staff Representation

Gonzaga University has many committees made up of administrators, faculty and staff to help the University function efficiently and effectively.  Staff Assembly helps coordinate staff involvement in these committees, but does not provide direction to the committees.  There is only one committee that Staff Assembly created and facilitates and it is the Community Service and Outreach Committee noted below.


Mission Committee
The Staff Assembly President is appointed to the University Mission Committee.

Jeff Geldien
Alumni and Development, Law School
Ext. 6121

Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability


Board of Regents Representatives

Looking to get involved with the Staff Assembly? Interested in representing staff to the Board of Regents? In an effort to help fulfill the mission of the Staff Assembly, we asked and were granted two Staff Regent positions. The Staff Regents are expected to serve a three year term, which will be staggered among the two representatives. Staff Regents will interact with university leaders, representing and addressing concerns and issues appropriate to the Staff Assembly mission.

To learn more about the responsibilities and eligibility requirements visit the Staff Assembly Regent Position webpage.  To apply for the position, click HERE to download the application.  Terms are June 1 through May 31 of the Gonzaga Fiscal Year.  For questions about the Staff Assembly Regent Position, send an email to

Dale Goodwin (2014-2017)
Senior Writer & Communications Manager, Publications
Marketing & Communications
Ext. 6133

Gale Synder (2015-2018)
Program Assistant III
Teacher Education
Ext. 2161

Budget Committee Representatives
The University Budget Committee (UBC) is an advisory committee to the Vice President for Finance. The Vice President for Finance, who serves as Chairperson of the Committee, is a member ex officio as are all the vice presidents with operating responsibilities. In recognition of the importance of the annual operating budget, and the goal to be collaborative and transparent in its preparation, the University Budget Committee plays an important role. The term is three years.

The responsibilities of the UBC include, but are not limited to:
Develop a general understanding at a high level of the Operating Budget of the University, including understanding its major sources and concentrations of revenue, expenses and expense trends, and overall financial sustainability; receive regular updates on the financial performance of the University against the current operating budget; review and comment on the primary, high level, revenue and expense assumptions that drive the budget including, but not limited to, student headcount and credit generation, pricing, inflationary matters, overall compensation pools, reserves, and contingencies and to provide input on short-term and long-term budget strategies that seek to provide stability in the University’s budget and seek to maintain necessary financial and operating ratios for rating agency purposes. ** As representatives of various other governance groups (Faculty Senate, Faculty Assembly, Staff Assembly, and GSBA), report back to those groups as to the information shared and deliberated by the UBC.

Carrie Matheson (2015-2017)
Program Assistant
Financial Aid Office
Ext. 3489

Cynthia Smutny (2016-2018)
Director of Budget
School of Education
Ext. 3489

Community Service and Outreach Committee Representatives*
*(This committee was created and is facilitated by Staff Assembly)

Cory Kittrell
Philosophy Department
Ext. 6741

Benefits & Compensation Committee Representatives
This committee works on university benefits and compensation issues. This committee works closely with the university Benefits Manager, as well as the Staff Assembly Executive Council,  to ensure staff members have all the necessary information regarding compensation and benefits.  This is a three year term.

Carol Huston (2015-2018)
Registrar's Office 
Ext. 6594

Heather Shilley (2016-2019)
Institutional Research
Ext. 6948

Jackie Van Allen
Controller's Office, Grants
Ext. 6808

Georgia Dunham - Chair
Budget & Finance Officer, Law School
Ext. 3711

Kelly Price (2016-2019)
Alumni Engagement Office
Ext. 4259

Security Advisory Representative

Michael Halloran
Bozarth Mansion and Retreat Center / GUEST
(509) 466-4136

Athletic Advisory Committee

Kate Mulvaney-Kemp (Interim, Sept. 2016)
Study Abroad Office
Ext. 3598