Deena Gonzalez, provost and senior vice president at Gonzaga University, began her time at GU in 2019.

At the end of the 2021 fall semester, Provost and Senior Vice President of Gonzaga University Deena Gonzalez will be stepping down from her current position to fulfill her new role as a senior university fellow for GU and as a history professor.

Gonzalez’s decision comes with the support of GU President Thayne McCulloh.

Gonzalez was hired as provost and senior vice president in January of 2019. A year after she was hired, the COVID-19 pandemic burgeoned worldwide. 

In an email sent to the university, Gonzalez said that GU survived the pandemic in the spring of 2020 without having to furlough faculty members, change student enrollment sizes or having to use remote learning as a primary method of school.

Furthermore, Gonzalez mentioned that the Academic Affairs Strategic Plan that has been on pause for four months will be resumed in the next few weeks.

“It is indisputable that the same period has been difficult in other ways and has taken an emotional toll on so many,” Gonzalez said in her email. “I acknowledge that I, too, have been affected by the workload and unpredictability of the needs a public health crisis of this magnitude has demanded.”

Gonzalez said she is thankful for all of those who helped her in her role, from senior leaders to members of the academic and student affairs departments who have had their own struggles during the pandemic.

Gonzalez will talk about areas of accomplishment for the succeeding leadership in her end of the semester report.

“I thank you each for helping me to learn more about Gonzaga, its several communities and for your contributions now and in the months ahead,” Gonzalez said. “I thank you in advance for your support of our work going forward; even as the President decides upon and communicates about next steps in the weeks ahead, you can count on my commitment to a transition that supports our collective interest in providing students with a profound educational experience. Mil gracias for your enduring commitments to this amazing institution's mission and its people.”

Vincent Saglimbeni is the managing editor. Follow him on Twitter: @vinnysaglimbeni.