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Gonzaga University



Founded in 1887 in Spokane, Washington, Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic institution that is nationally recognized for its liberal arts tradition and its Ignatian model of educating the whole person -- mind, body, and spirit.


Ranked among the top 100 national universities (US News), Gonzaga is known for its focus on quality teaching, critical thinking, and rigorous academic standards and scholarship. The constant throughout the past 137 years has been Gonzaga’s commitment to character and faith formation and “cura personalis,” the Jesuit notion of care for the individual, which are the guiding themes that foster a sense of community on campus and throughout the worldwide alumni network.


Gonzaga enrolls more than 7,000 students, including approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 2,000 master’s, doctoral, and law students who hail from nearly every state and 30 countries. The University comprises the following college and schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, and School of Leadership Studies.


Gonzaga has long been a pioneer in global engagement, with its Florence program standing as one of the first study-abroad programs from a university in the US. Through Florence and more than 30 partnerships, the majority of the student body studies abroad. In addition, the number of international students matriculating at Gonzaga has quadrupled over the past four years.


Striving for greatness in the competition, in the classroom, and in the community, athletics are a vital part of the University. Gonzaga’s athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level in the West Coast Conference and engender loyalty among students, alumni, and beyond. Students also have ample opportunity to participate in a wide range of other extracurricular activities through 130 clubs and organizations.


Gonzaga employs more than 1,300 people, including 464 full-time faculty members and 853 staff members. Its operating budget is $381 million and its endowment is valued at approximately $400 million.


Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the president serves as the chief executive officer and an ex officio member of the Board. Gonzaga’s 27th president will inherit an institution well-positioned to navigate the changing landscape and cultural and societal headwinds facing higher education. The position specification may be viewed here: Gonzaga position specification.


Salary range: $500,000 – $650,000. The University provides full-time employees in their first year: a PPO Medical plan administered by Premera Blue Cross, employer-paid dental programs through Delta Dental, vision coverage through VSP, employer-paid Life Insurance, and optional employee-paid Life Insurance through Lincoln Financial, TIAA 403(b) Retirement plan including free onsite financial planning and advising, Employee Assistance Program through Supportlinc, Zagfit Wellness program with access to GU’s onsite fitness center and Spokane Transit Authority (STA) bus passes. Additionally, full-time (40 hours per week) staff employees accrue 4 hours of sick time per pay period (pro-rated for less than 40 hours/week), vacation time starting at 5 hours per pay period (pro-rated for less than 40 hours/week) and 17 paid holidays. Additional benefits such as Long Term Disability and Tuition Waivers are available after the first year of employment. Other compensation customarily offered to university presidents may be offered depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate.


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Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status. Applicants with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations to complete the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (509) 313-5996.