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Provost & Senior Vice President

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President provides assistance, leadership, guidance, resources, and supervision of the entire academic division in support of the mission of Gonzaga University.

Deena J. González, Ph.D. (Photo courtesy of LMU)

Name: Deena J. González, Ph.D., Provost & Senior Vice President

Email: gonzalez@gonzaga.edu


Name: Judi Biggs-Garbuio - Associate Provost for Student Development

Email: biggsgarbuio@gonzaga.edu

Phone: (509) 313-4115

Hometown: Kingman, KS

Degrees: Ph.D. in International/Intercultural Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California; Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, OH; and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Special Education from Emporia State University, KS.

With Gonzaga since: 2013

Dr. Biggs Garbuio began her tenure at Gonzaga University in July 2013 as the Vice President for Student Development and in the Spring 2019 the position evolved to Associate Provost for Student Development. Prior to Gonzaga, Dr. Biggs Garbuio had a thirty year record of successful professional experience at both Arizona State University and the University of Southern California.

Currently, she oversees most co-curricular student programs and services, that are organized around four broad areas of Academic Events, Student Engagement, Well-being and Healthy Living and Career and Professional Development. Dr. Biggs Garbuio works collaboratively with the Provost and Senior Vice President and other institutional leaders to provide an exceptional First Year Experience/Orientation Program, Parent and Family Programs, as well as Commencement events. Under her leadership, and through institutional partnerships, the Division of Student Development focuses on four priorities that include: Community and Connection; Cultural Fluency and Social Justice; Habits of Body, Mind, Spirit and Heart; and Purpose and Values in order to provide an integrated Jesuit student experience.

In the Spring of 2019, Dr. Biggs Garbuio was inducted as an honorary member into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and in the Spring of 2014, was inducted as an honorary member into the Residential Student Leader Honor Society. Dr. Biggs Garbuio’s dissertation focused on the relationship between participating in an Alternative Spring Break program and social responsibility.

Ron Large

Name: Ron Large - Associate Provost for Educational Effectiveness

Email: large@gonzaga.edu

Phone: (509) 313-6767

Hometown: Princeton, WV

Degrees: Ph.D. Ethics- Graduate Theological Union, M.Div. Christian Ethics- Princeton Theological Seminary, B.A. Religious Studies- University of Virginia

With Gonzaga since: 1988

Dr. Ron Large is an Associate Provost for Educational Effectiveness and Professor of Religious Studies. In his role as Associate Provost he is responsible for overseeing Accreditation, Assessment, Faculty Development and Academic Technology. His academic area of specialization is Christian Ethics with an emphasis on Christian Social Ethics and peace studies. Dr. Large took his Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia where he majored in Religious Studies. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. His M.Div. thesis examined violence and nonviolence as methods of social change. Dr. Large received his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His dissertation was on the connection between virtue and social change in the thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. He teaches classes in Nonviolence, Christian Morality, Death and Dying, Sexual Morality, Religion and Film, and the Vietnam War. For the academic year 2000-2001, he was named Teacher of the Year at Gonzaga University. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Large was invited to attend a week long seminar on Global Peace and Security at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. Dr. Large received a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Fall of 2009. He taught in the International Peace Studies Program at the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin. He received Gonzaga University's Exemplary Faculty Award for 2009-2010.


Name: Julie McCulloh - Associate Provost for Enrollment Management

Email: mccullohj@gonzaga.edu

Phone: (509) 313-6591

Hometown: Helena, MT

Degrees: M.B.A. – Gonzaga University; B.A. Psychology – Gonzaga University

With Gonzaga since: 1993

Julie McCulloh joined Gonzaga’s Office of Admission in the summer of 1993 as a receptionist while pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration.  From her early years, Julie worked in various aspects of admission work including transfer counseling and credit evaluation, records management, admission recruiting and counseling, and administration.  She was appointed Dean of Admission in 2003 and served continuously in that role until 2019, when she was appointed to her current role.  Throughout her time with Gonzaga, she has been involved in various professional organizations including PNACAC, the College Board, ACT, and the Washington Council.

Currently, Julie oversees Undergraduate Admission, Graduate Enrollment Management, Admission Operations, Student Financial Services, and the Center for Global Engagement. 

Julie’s areas of interest in higher education include equity and access, and she works to make a Gonzaga education accessible for those seeking exemplary education for lives of leadership and service for the common good.

Raymond Reyes

Name: Raymond Reyes, Ph.D. – Associate Provost & Chief Diversity Officer

Email: reyes@gonzaga.edu 

Phone: (509) 313-5604 

Hometown: Raymond traveled a lot as a child, but has called Spokane, WA home for 44 years. 

Degrees:  Ph.D. Educational Leadership – Gonzaga University, M.P.A. – City University of New York, B.A. Counseling Psychology – Eastern Washington University

With Gonzaga since: 1988

Dr. Raymond F. Reyes, Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, serves as the chief advisor on the university commitments to assure culturally inclusive policies and equity-based practices which optimize the educational and faith-based value of human diversity consistent with the University’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and identity.  Raymond coordinates a comprehensive menu of programs, services, and activities across the vice presidential divisions designed to develop and increase the intercultural competence of the university’s workforce, student body, academic programs and student development services.

Jolanta Weber

Name: Jolanta Weber, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Academic Administration

Email: weberj@gonzaga.edu

Phone: 509-313-6595

Hometown: Spokane, for the past 35 years.

Degrees: Ph.D. Leadership Studies – Gonzaga University, M.A. in Counseling Psychology – Gonzaga University, B.A. Psychology and Spanish – Gonzaga University

With Gonzaga since: 1988 

Dr. Weber has been at Gonzaga University since 1987, when she enrolled as an undergraduate student. She became a full-time employee in 1988 and has since served in various roles. Currently, she assists the Provost and Senior Vice President with implementation and enforcement of academic policies, academic appeals and student-related concerns. She oversees the offices of the University Registrar, Institutional Research, the Virtual Campus, and Summer Sessions. She facilitates the work of the Academic Council and coordinates efforts related to academic program data production and financial analysis. She also coordinates efforts related to graduate enrollment planning and budgeting. Her dissertation explored the impact of adjunctive faculty on freshman-to-sophomore retention.

MaryAnn Rinderle

Name: MaryAnn Rinderle - Assistant to the Provost and Office Manager

Email: rinderle@gonzaga.edu

Phone: (509) 313-6503

Hometown: MaryAnn grew up in the Midwest.  She enjoys calling the Pacific Northwest home.

Degree: B.S. Business and Management – University of Maryland

With Gonzaga since: 2005

Ms. Rinderle provides administrative support functions for the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President and administers the program to ensure compliance with State Authorization Regulation, Chapter 34, Section 600.9.  She also provides assistance to Associate Academic Vice President, Jolanta Weber.  It is likely that MaryAnn will be the first person you talk to when calling the Provost and Senior Vice President’s Office.  Her favorite things about Gonzaga are the people it attracts—people committed to its mission, the environment of cura personalis, and seeing the sun stream through the stained glass windows in College Hall.  She enjoys looking for treasures at thrift stores and rummage sales.

Mary Mealey

Name: Mary Mealey – Assistant to the University Core Director  

Email: mealey@gonzaga.edu

Phone: 509.313.5604 

Hometown: Spokane, WA

With Gonzaga since: 2016

Ms. Mealey is responsible for assisting two of the Associate Provosts and the University Core Director.  She is a Gonzaga alum, growing up in the neighborhood attending St. Aloysius Elementary, Holy Names Academy and Gonzaga Preparatory School, before attending Gonzaga University. 

Gina Thomas

Name: Gina Thomas - Associate Director, Personnel, Provost Office

Email: thomasg@gonzaga.edu

Phone: 509.313.6109

Hometown: Walla Walla, WA

Degrees:  M.B.A. - Gonzaga University, B.A. Business Administration – Eastern Washington University

With Gonzaga since: 1989

Mrs. Thomas joined the Student Accounts Office in 1989 and transferred to the Provost Office in 1998. For 20 years, she was responsible for academic budgeting and personnel. In 2019, her focus shifted to primarily academic personnel issues and processes to address current and future-oriented needs. She serves as the principal personnel interface and liaison between the academic and non-academic areas of the University and oversees the operational and financial aspects of faculty and academic staff hiring. She believes Gonzaga provides a wonderful education and experience for our students and enjoys doing what she can to support the mission of the University.

Carri Senn

Name: Carri Senn – Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President


Phone: (509) 313-6504

Hometown: Spokane, Washington

Degree: B.A. Business Marketing – Gonzaga University

With Gonzaga since: 2017

Mrs. Senn provides administrative support functions for the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President and she assists Associate Academic Vice President, Dr. Jolanta Weber. It is likely that Carri will be the first person you talk to when calling the Provost and Senior Vice President’s Office. She also is the point of contact for Academic Council proceedings. She is a Gonzaga alumna and her favorite aspects about Gonzaga are the inspiring students and the historical presence of Gonzaga in the Spokane community. Carri worked in the Registrar’s Office prior to transferring to the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President’s Office.


Name: Kelley Marcantel – Assistant Director, Budget

Email: marcantel@gonzaga.edu

Phone: 509.313.5756 

Hometown: Houston, TX

Degrees:  B.B.A. Accounting – University of Houston, M.B.A. - Texas Woman's University

With Gonzaga since: 2018

Ms. Marcantel is responsible for supporting the Provost in all aspects of budget-related matters in the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President. She serves as the principal budget interface and liaison to support the academic division in all aspects of budget-related matters including expenditure evaluation, monitoring and approval for budget processes and financial procedures, as well as faculty personnel and appointment-related procedures involving various departments and programs. Prior to moving to Spokane, she worked at University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio and University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.


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502 E. Boone
Spokane, WA 99258
College Hall, Room 218
(509) 313-6504