About the Campaign

About Gonzaga Will

President Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.

Dear Gonzaga Community,

Two years ago, we launched the public phase of the largest campaign in our institution’s history: Gonzaga Will: The Campaign for Our Future. Because of the generosity of our Gonzaga community, we have much to show in those two years:

1) We opened the John J. Hemmingson Center, a student center that rivals any other space on a University campus. This transformative building brought together our campus community and visitors alike, providing a catalyst for our strategically growing our enrollment and admissions efforts.

2) Broke ground on two new facilities, The Della Strada Jesuit Community, the Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement, and saw vast improvements to existing spaces throughout campus.

3) Raised significant funds towards new academic programs, faculty positions and student scholarships.

4) Received support from more than 36,000 donors around the world.

In February of this year, on our fifth annual Gonzaga Day, we were proud to announce that we had reached a milestone goal within this campaign of $240 million dollars, just $10 million shy of our overall goal of $250 million dollars. This was a significant moment in our institution’s history. One that we had never experienced before.

Today, nearly two years into the public phase of this campaign, I could not be more proud to announce that we have not only met our goal, but in true Zag fashion we have greatly exceeded it, having raised $286 million dollars. This is monumental. This will change the way our institution operates and allows us to do even more to keep our University competitive and thriving.

But we are not done. We cannot rest while others march forward. We must focus our attention on two areas of critical need for our students both current and future:

The Integrated Science and Engineering Building (ISE) is moving forward with its design phases. This building embraces the idea of a multidisciplinary education. Bringing together the College of Arts & Sciences with the School of Engineering & Applied Science, this space will provide critical labs, research space, and collaborative learning options like never before. We will continue to reach out to our community and beyond to make this facility a reality.

But the most fundamental area that we will continue to focus our efforts around is the growth of our endowment, whereby providing more scholarship support than ever before. Our Scholarship Promise to our current and future students and their families is one for which we will not waver. We will not compromise. We will deliver on this promise. Our goal in this campaign was to raise $100 million; we are just shy of $7 million in reaching this goal.

I am extremely grateful to know where we stand today, past our initial stated goal – something that more than 36,000 donors around the world have helped us meet and exceed. I am confident that our community will continue to respond to the remaining needs of this Campaign because of our shared commitment to prepare students to thrive in the complex world for which they are so greatly needed.

I am proud to know so many of you are so fiercely committed to making sure Gonzaga will flourish. That Gonzaga will continue to find solutions for the challenges of our world. That Gonzaga will continue to unfold the potential of our students.

On behalf of the entire university, thank you. Our will is strong. With your support, it’s even stronger.

In gratitude,

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.
President, Gonzaga University