President's Cabinet

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., President, was elected as interim President by the Board of Trustees in July 2009. On October 22, 2010, Gonzaga University formally inaugurated Dr. McCulloh as its 26th President, the first lay President elected to the post. He is Gonzaga's chief executive officer and oversees all administrative functions, operations and the general direction of the University. The president represents the University before the public, and is the University’s ultimate administrative authority.

Deena J. González, Ph.D., became Provost and Senior Vice President in June 2019. She is Gonzaga's chief academic officer overseeing the complete student experience, combining academic and student life. In collaboration with the University President, she is responsible for implementation of academic priorities for Gonzaga University to provide high quality educational programs within and outside of the classroom setting.  She supports the strategic direction of the University by supporting development of the "...whole person, intellectually, spiritually, culturally, physically, and emotionally." 

Maureen McGuire, J.D., General Counsel, joined Gonzaga in 2013 and is the University's chief legal adviser and responsible for all legal affairs.

Charles J. Murphy, Chief Strategy Officer, was appointed to this position in 2018. After serving as the University’s Vice President for Finance since 1985, he now works directly for the President in advancing institutional strategic initiatives, particularly in the area of diversifying the institution’s revenue sources.

John D. Sklut, J.D., Senior Advisor to the President and Liaison for External & Government Affairswas appointed in March 2021 having served as President McCulloh's Chief of Staff since September 2015. He leads several of Gonzaga’s key relationships, currently serving as the Executive Director of the UW-GU Health Partnership. He also serves as administration liaison to various University boards and committees, and partners with the President in development and management of regional, state, and federal government affairs.

Joseph Poss, Vice President for University Advancement, was appointed to this leadership role in July 2013. He oversees the University’s Development and Alumni Relations operations. He joined University Advancement in 1998. 

Mike Roth, Athletic Director, assumed his post in 1997. He oversees all athletic programs, facilities and initiatives related to Gonzaga’s participation in Division 1 intercollegiate athletics in NCAA and West Coast Conference competition, as well as Rudolf Fitness Center and intramural sports.

Charlita Shelton, Ph.D., Chief of Staffserves Gonzaga University and the Office of the President as its primary advisor who provides guidance to the President on matters of strategic importance, and shares information with the President on key projects and initiatives taking place across the University.  The Chief of Staff supports and optimizes the performance of the President by overseeing and managing the operational functions of the Office of the President; serving as the internal liaison between the Office of the President and various individuals, organizations, and constituencies; She supervises key departments, working to build more effective and collaborative relationships between members of the President’s Cabinet, and is responsible for protecting, promoting, and advancing the interests of the University by supporting the vision and goals of the President. 

Joseph P. Smith, Chief Financial Officer, joined Gonzaga in October 2010 after spending nine years in public accounting. He oversees accounting and financial record-keeping, operating and capital budgets, procurement, treasury (banking, financing, investments), and insurance. Joe is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Michelle Wheatley, D.Min., Vice President for Mission Integration, has served as the chief mission officer for the university since 2018 and oversees the Offices of Mission and Ministry and Tribal Relations. Her division supports Gonzaga University in animating its Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic mission.