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Presidential Search

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On April 22, 2024, Dr. Thayne M. McCulloh announced that he will retire in summer 2025 following 16 years of leadership as president. To learn more, read President McCulloh's announcement, a message from Board Chair Christy Larsen, and our press release.

A formal search process for Gonzaga University’s next president is underway. It is being led by our Presidential Search Committee and search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. 

Listening sessions with various Gonzaga stakeholder groups and surveys have been conducted with various stakeholder groups to gather input on the priorities for and qualities desired in the next president. We appreciate the thoughtful input from all who participated.

We will provide additional updates as necessary throughout the process.

Presidential Search Prospectus

Presidential Search Profile

We are seeking an exceptional individual to lead this exemplary University – someone who is an accomplished, energetic institutional leader and charismatic fundraiser, preferably with vast experience in a higher education setting similar to Gonzaga.

This truly is an opportunity – and community – like none other.

Learn more about the position.
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Expressions of Interest and Nominations

Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be sent to our search firm at

Comments and Questions

Comments or questions about the search should be directed to the Presidential Search Committee at

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status. Applicants with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations to complete the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (509) 313-5996.

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