President's Perspective

Report of the President 2017 cover

A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Gonzaga’s brand messages over the past few years have centered on the essential components of what unfolds at Gonzaga: Purpose, potential, faith. We’ve told the GU story in terms of how new ideas are unleashed and that our students have unparalleled opportunities for growth, and our power together is undeniable as we work for justice. This work has delivered to our institution what we were promising our students and alums would experience: a period of self-exploration and achievement that has been unbelievable and unparalleled. 

And hence, our 2016-17 annual report focuses on the Unsung people who make things happen, the Unprecedented opportunities we’ve had and the Unwavering commitment we have to continue defining ourselves as a premier Jesuit institution. 

Many people would suggest that the Men’s Basketball team’s journey to the Final Four was a pinnacle moment of achievement for Gonzaga during this last year. Indeed, that experience drew great attention to our university – it was a moment we seized to share both the story of our basketball success, as well as the broader story of our university beyond athletics. But perhaps as significant has been the work taking place on a multi-year strategic plan that aims to prepare us for greater growth and prominence. At the core of this vision are two priorities on which everything else centers: significant growth of our endowment and an active focus on integrating the Jesuit Mission into everything we do. 

Accomplishing the goals of a strategic plan and executing methods of engagement for events like a Final Four appearance are successful because the people of our extended Gonzaga community – the Cabinet, the Boards of Trustees and Regents, our faculty, staff, students, benefactors and alumni – have dedicated themselves to help make Gonzaga a prestigious institution of which the Jesuits, and our alumni, can be proud. 

In the 2016-17 Report of the President, you will read about many of the people who are part of this great work. From keeping our campus beautiful and serving guests, to implementing a new Core curriculum and expanding global engagement opportunities, work occurs every day to ensure that the brand promise we share throughout all of our communications is a legitimate expression of who we are and who we are coming to be.  

Gonzaga’s purpose is unfolding. Much of that work is thanks to you – our Board members, community leaders, benefactors, alumni and friends. It is my sincere hope that you share in our pride as you explore the pages ahead. 

With sincere gratitude,

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.
President