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Office of the Provost Staff

Dr. Sacha Kopp
 

Email: kopp@gonzaga.edu
Degrees: Ph.D. Physics, University of Chicago; S.M. Physics, University of Chicago; A.B. Physics, University of Chicago
With Gonzaga since: 2022


I am honored to join Gonzaga as its next provost. I have been humbled by the community’s welcome, and am privileged to join in its Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic mission. Today more than ever, our society needs institutions like Gonzaga, with its commitment to the development of the whole person, its formation of solidarity and kinship through community, its development of leaders of purpose who will go on to serve others, and its commitment to social justice.

 
Kent Porterfield
 

Email: porterfield@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-4100
Hometown: Hopkins, MO
Degrees: Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Missouri – Columbia; M.S.Ed. Educational Administration, Northwest Missouri State University; B.S.Ed. History & Physical Education, Northwest Missouri State University
With Gonzaga since: 2020


Dr. Kent Porterfield was appointed Vice Provost for Student Affairs in July, 2020. He is responsible for overseeing the Student Affairs Division and promotes an educational experience that emphasizes the development of the whole student – intellectual, spiritual, cultural, physical, and emotional. 

Kent’s career in higher education spans three decades, including nearly 23 years as a senior student affairs officer. In his previous role, Dr. Porterfield served as Vice President for Student Development at Saint Louis University, a Jesuit Catholic research university in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to that he served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Northwest Missouri State University. Kent is a national leader in the student affairs field, having served as President of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in 2014-2015. He is also a past President of the Missouri College Personnel Association. Kent is a recipient of ACPA’s Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award, Diamond Honoree recognition for outstanding contributions in the field of student affairs, and the Outstanding State Division President Award.

Kent’s professional presentations and publications have engaged a range of student affairs topics including leadership; diversity, equity and inclusion; rethinking student affairs practice; student learning; retention and student success. In his career, he has overseen many areas of student life, including athletics, campus ministry, campus recreation, cross-cultural center, career services, dean of students office, health and counseling services, housing and residence life, international services, multicultural affairs, service and community engagement, disability services, student union/center, student academic success, student conduct, student involvement, parent and family programs, and auxiliary services.

 
Jolanta Weber
 

Email: weberj@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-6595
Hometown: Spokane, for more than 30 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 Gonzaga in various roles. Currently, Dr. Weber is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Administration and the University Registrar. As the primary assistant to the Provost and Senior Vice President (PSVP), Dr. Weber oversees and facilitates the creation, implementation, and enforcement of academic policies and initiatives to enhance the academic experience of students and support the work of the faculty. She assists the Provost with academic policy appeals and academically-related student concerns and serves as the Provost’s liaison to Student Affairs, Enrollment Management (including Graduate Enrollment Management), University Advancement, Athletics, Marketing and Communication, Human Resources, Finance, and other areas supporting the University’s academic mission.

Vice Provost Weber oversees the offices of the University Registrar, Institutional Research, Career and Professional Development, University Core Curriculum, and the Honors Program. She supervises the work involved with delivering Summer Sessions, facilitates the work of the Academic Council (Gonzaga’s primary academic policy informing body), and coordinates efforts related to academic program data production and financial analysis, including efforts related to academic planning and budgeting.

Her dissertation explored the impact of adjunctive faculty on freshman-to-sophomore retention.

 
Ron Large
 

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, where his thesis examined violence and nonviolence as methods of social change. He received his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA with a dissertation 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. He also received Gonzaga University's Exemplary Faculty Award for 2009-2010.

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. He received a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Fall of 2009. and taught in the International Peace Studies Program at the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin. 

 
 

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.

 
Paul Bracke
 

Email: bracke@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-6535
Degrees: Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Arizona; M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; B.A., History, B.J. Journalism, University of Missouri at Columbia

Named Associate Provost of the new Institute for Research and Interdisciplinary Initiatives in 2021, Dr. Bracke brings a long-term commitment to supporting the committees and structures to assist faculty and students in their future research and scholarly endeavors. He will also continue as Dean of the Foley Library, a position he has held since 2016, to build the library’s collections and create new partnerships regionally to enhance the holdings. 

Dr. Bracke's administrative support team includes Karen OShaughnessey and Dustin Gomez.

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MaryAnn Rinderle
 

Email: rinderle@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-6503
Hometown: MaryAnn grew up in the Midwest.  She enjoys calling the Pacific Northwest home.
Degrees: B.S. Business and Management, University of Maryland
With Gonzaga since: 2005


Ms. Rinderle provides administrative support to the Provost. She manages the process for faculty reappointment, promotion, tenure, and sabbatical. She serves as a department liaison to the President, deans, faculty, students, administration, and others.

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.

 
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Email: rhodes@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-6109
Office Location: College Hall 232B
Hometown: Richland, WA
With Gonzaga since: 2014-2017, 2022

Amanda Rhodes oversees and manages the Provost Division budget with respect to personnel and operations-related processes and serves as a primary advisor to the Provost on budget-related matters. She serves as the principal personnel and budget liaison between the Provost’s Office and all Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Enrollment Management units, and other areas of the University. Amanda is proud to be a member of the Gonzaga community and contribute to the collective mission of caring for and developing the whole person.
 
Bonnie Harper, Administrative Assistant II 

Email: harperb@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-6648
Office Location: Foley 303B
Hometown:
Spokane, Washington
Degrees: B.B.A. Business, MIS Concentration, Gonzaga University
With Gonzaga since: 2012

Ms. Harper provides administrative support functions for the Office of the Provost and she assists the Provost together with MaryAnn Rinderle.  Bonnie’s focuses are Provost-sponsored event coordination and keeping the web presence for the Provost areas current. She also supports the Faculty Senate.

She is a Gonzaga University alumna, graduated in 2017. Bonnie worked with the Mathematics and Physics Departments before to transferring to the Office of the Provost. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Bonnie worked in both the non-profit sector and the legal field. 

 
  

Email: livingstone1@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-5756
Office Location: OFFICE LOCATION
Hometown:
Spokane, Washington
Degrees: BA History and Political Science, Gonzaga University, '13; MBA, Gonzaga University, '21
With Gonzaga since: 2014

Ms. Livingston joined the Gonzaga Registrar’s Office team in 2014 after earning her bachelor’s degree at Gonzaga and working in the Registrar’s Office as a student worker. She worked in the Registrar’s Office, Degree Evaluation Office, and School of Engineering and Applied Science before transferring to the Office of the Provost in 2022. Emily supports the academic budget and personnel functions in the Office of the Provost. Her favorite aspects about Gonzaga include the close community atmosphere and rich history of the institution. She is a Gonzaga basketball fan and loves spending time outdoors in Spokane.

 
Gina Thomas
 

Email: thomasg@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-5304
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 Office of the Provost 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 now serves in a support role for the Office of the Provost for budget and personnel processes. 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.

 
Mary Mealey
 

Email: mealey@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-5604
Hometown: Spokane, WA
With Gonzaga since: 2016


Ms. Mealey is responsible for assisting the Provost’s Budget and Personnel Office and the University Core Director.  She is a Gonzaga alumna, growing up in the neighborhood attending St. Aloysius Elementary, Holy Names Academy and Gonzaga Preparatory School, before attending Gonzaga University. 

 
Carri Senn
 

Email: senn@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-6504
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Degrees: B.A. Business Marketing, Gonzaga University
With Gonzaga since: 2017

Mrs. Senn provides administrative support functions for the Office of the Provost and she assists Vice Provost, Dr. Jolanta Weber and Associate Provost, Dr. Ron Large.  It is likely that Carri will be the first person you talk to when calling the Provost. 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.

 

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