Founding Director, Institute for Informatics and Applied Technology Search

The search for Gonzaga University’s Founding Director of the Institute for Informatics and Applied Technology is currently underway. As this search progresses, this website will provide our Gonzaga community updates on the work of the committee and the status of the search.

About the Founding Director of the Institute for Informatics and Applied Technology Position

Gonzaga University seeks a visionary leader to serve as the inaugural David and Cathleen Reisenauer Family Director of the newly announced Institute for Informatics and Applied Technology.

The Reisenauer Family Director will foster and enhance a culture of interdisciplinary research and collaboration across the University and with other institutions and external partners, leveraging synergies to advance data science, informatics and applied technology at Gonzaga.

Building on a rich tradition of transdisciplinary education at Gonzaga, the next Dean will champion the growth, development, and excellence of the School’s programs and activities.

The Institute

The Institute will bring together faculty expertise from across Gonzaga University to collaborate with and support local industries, clinical health providers, and institutional partners such as the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Through the Institute, Gonzaga seeks to harness big data and AI, make advances in cybersecurity, and inspire discovery and create new knowledge that will catalyze innovation in technology, healthcare, global supply chain, and other domains.

The new Institute will ultimately offer new undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as certificates and executive educational opportunities in such areas as informatics, cybersecurity, data science, data analytics, and IT management.

The Directorship

Thanks to generous benefactors, Gonzaga has established the David and Cathleen Reisenauer Family Directorship to spearhead the Institute of Informatics and Applied Technology. In addition to funding the directorship, the Reisenauer Family endowment will support programmatic needs including, but not limited to, curriculum development, student research experiences, capstone projects, seminars, conferences, and other education and outreach initiatives within the scope of the Institute’s mission.

The inaugural Reisenauer Family Director will assemble core faculty from across Gonzaga’s College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Business Administration, and School of Law drawn from departments such as Biology, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and Supply Chain.

The Director will oversee the development and deployment of interdisciplinary academic programs, cultivate strategic relationships and partnerships, and generate resources to secure the Institute’s future.

Gonzaga University seeks in the inaugural Director a leader with substantial expertise in data science and cybersecurity along with prior experience developing strategic partnerships and identifying external funding opportunities. An earned doctoral degree in a related field is required.

The Director will possess an appreciation of Ignatian pedagogy and the Jesuit charisms to care for the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit; to cultivate leaders of purpose; and to stand with the vulnerable. To learn more, download the comprehensive leadership profile linked on this page.

The Search

WittKieffer is assisting Gonzaga University in this search. Applications should include a CV and a letter of interest. Materials can be submitted through WittKieffer’s candidate portal by using the buttons below. Candidates will be considered until an appointment is made. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Philip Tang and Zachary Durst at

Learn more about Gonzaga's mission.

Institute for Informatics & Applied Technology Leadership Profile

Additional information about the Director of the IIAT position and application process can be found on WittKieffer.


Learn more about the Institute and our donors, Dave and Cathleen Reisnauer