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.

James A. Angelosante, Vice President for Administration, joined Gonzaga in July 2018. He brings over thirty years of administrative, financial, and operational experience to the position. He is responsible for several administrative and business operations at Gonzaga, including Plant and Construction Services, Human Resources, Hemmingson Center and Auxiliary Enterprises (including the Gonzaga University Event Services Team), Sustainability, Campus Security and Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Marketing and Communications, Information Technology Services, and Risk Management.

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.

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.

John D. Sklut, J.D., Chief of Staff, was appointed in September 2015. He is responsible for protecting, promoting, and advancing the interests of the University by supporting the vision and goals of the President. John initiates and coordinates the flow of communications with, and amongst, the president’s executive team and chairs the President’s Cabinet in the absence of the President. He assumes responsibility for specified special projects as delegated by 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., Acting Vice President for Mission and Ministry, began serving in that capacity in August 2018. Her role is to oversee the team responsible for supporting Gonzaga’s fulfillment of its Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic mission, primarily through pastoral and spiritual care, mission education, and formation for discernment and leadership.