Announcement: Appointment of Executive Vice President

TO: Gonzaga Faculty, Staff and Administrators
FROM: Thayne McCulloh, Interim President
SUBJ: Announcement: Appointment of Executive Vice President
DATE: March 5, 2010

Over the course of the past eight months, it has been my sincere privilege to serve Gonzaga as its interim president.  During this time, it has become clear to me that we face both significant opportunities—especially those that relate both to external relations and fundraising—as well as complex challenges, all of which relate to ensuring that university is coordinated in its efforts and focused on appropriately supporting its educational mission.  

The reality I daily encounter is that while both external and internal demands require attention, one person cannot appropriately devote all the time and energy to each that each demands.  Recognizing this, the Board of Trustees created the position of Executive Vice President at its meeting last July 2009.  It is within this context that I share the following with you.

Over the past year, Acting Academic Vice President Earl “Marty” Martin has provided excellent leadership across myriad issues, from the formulation of an academic response to the H1N1 threat earlier in the year, to focused attention on resource conservation and deployment in recent months.  During my time as interim AVP and again through this year I have grown to deeply appreciate AVP Martin’s ability to bring energy to complex problems, his deep desire for organizational effectiveness, and his affection for Gonzaga.  His leadership and his positive relationships with many students, alumni and faculty has allowed us to maintain a degree of stability in the AVP area that has been of immense benefit during this period of transition at multiple levels.  

With the successful conclusion of the recent AVP search, I have turned to Earl Martin once again—this time to fill the previously-established position of Executive Vice President.  I am pleased to announce that he has agreed to accept this appointment, once his duties as Acting AVP have concluded.  In this capacity, he will work closely with me and the Vice Presidents on improving both internal operations and internal communication, and to guide and support our institutional planning efforts.  As I mentioned to the Faculty Senate leadership when discussing this position earlier in the year, the incoming Academic Vice President (Dr. Patricia O'Connell Killen) and I will have a direct-report relationship.  She and the other members of the Cabinet believe the addition of an Executive Vice President will be instrumental in bringing an aspect of true collaboration and coordination to the university administration.

An important consequence of this appointment is the impact it has on the School of Law.  I will look to the Law faculty for recommendations relating the interim leadership and will confer with Dr. Killen regarding the search.   I am most grateful to the faculty of the Law School which supported my original request for him to serve as Acting AVP this year.  I also wish to thank Earl Martin for accepting this appointment and look forward to the positive benefit it will bring to Gonzaga University.

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.

Chief of Staff to the President
John Sklut

Exec. Assistant to the President
Julia Bjordahl

Admin. Assistant/Event Coordinator
Allison Peterson