About Gonzaga Will

President Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.

Dear Gonzaga Community,

On the occasion of my inauguration, I shared that Gonzaga was a university called to live and learn and teach and explore - not comfortably at the center of the culture, but at the margins, the places that require courage. One of the things I loved most about Gonzaga is that we were “a place becoming.”

This still holds true today. “A place becoming” – a place striving to remain faithful to its heritage while remaining relevant - is a place worth investing in. Worth being a part of. The work we do is arguably the most important work going on in the world today. We are attracting academically competent, generous and kind students. It is a sacred work we do; and yet, it is challenging work.

Seven years have passed since we embarked on the largest fundraising Campaign in our institution’s history: Gonzaga Will: The Campaign for Our Future. When we began this journey, with a goal of $250 million, we understood that this Campaign would serve as the transformational force for the institution. That we must turn a corner to remain competitive in the higher education landscape. While our mission as a Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic institution remains truer than ever, much has changed over the last seven years:

  • We have provided more in financial aid and scholarships than ever before.
  • We have watched our campus grow and expand with new and updated facilities (John J. Hemmingson Center, Volkar Center, Stevens Center, BARC, Della Strada Jesuit Community, renovations to Crosby, the former Jesuit House, College Hall, Martin Centre, and soon the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center).
  • We have created new endowed professorships and academic programs to continue to provide our students with the humanistic liberal arts education they have come to expect.
  • We have enrolled the academically strongest and most diverse classes in our institution’s history.

I am so proud to announce that in true Zag fashion, not only did we meet our Campaign goal of $250 million, but we far surpassed it, raising $355 million from more than 40,000 donors. $355 million.

This Campaign has changed the capabilities of our institution and allows us to do even more to keep our University competitive and thriving. All this, and more, has been made possible because of your generosity. You trust Gonzaga to do the work that truly matters. You value our mission of placing the needs of the student first, while challenging them to always strive for the Magis. Your generosity helps us achieve outcomes that touch lives throughout the world.

So what does the road ahead hold? Just ask our students. Students today are no longer settling for, “what do I want to be when I grow up?” They are asking themselves, “how can I align my passions with my purpose?” We must focus our attention on two areas of critical need for our students:

  • The Integrated Science and Engineering Facility (ISE) will allow the College of Arts & Sciences to collaborate with the School of Engineering & Applied Science to create spaces and places that will provide critical labs, research, and collaborative learning options like never before.
  • But the most important area that we will continue to focus our efforts around is the growth of our endowment. Our Scholarship Promise to our students and their families is one from which we will not waver. We must reduce financial barriers for young women and men to pursue a Gonzaga education. By continuing to build an endowment worthy of Gonzaga, we can offer essential financial aid to the exceptional students that are and will be Zags.

I am extremely grateful to the more than 40,000 donors around the world who helped us to reach beyond and exceed our original Campaign goal. I am confident that our international community of Gonzaga friends and supporters 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.

In gratitude,

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil. 

President, Gonzaga University