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.

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., Special Consultant to the President/COVID-19 Compliance Officer, began her role at Gonzaga as Interim Associate Chief Diversity Officer in September 2019.  April 2020, she was appointed as the Chair of the Pandemic Response Task Force and Special Consultant to the President.  Currently, Charlita is leading the COVID-19 Compliance, Coordination & Oversight Task Force.  Through these various roles, she is responsible for managing the processes that monitor and measure the COVID-19 virus's mitigation within the campus community.  Charlita also serves as an advisor to the President on additional projects that emerge from the efforts to resume instructional and educational activities for academic year 2020-21.

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., 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.