On Wednesday morning, the Gonzaga community received an email from Provost and Senior Vice President Deena Gonźalez that Judi Biggs Garbuio, associate provost for student development, will leave GU Dec. 12.
Garbuio has taken the position of vice president of student affairs at Catholic University in Washington, D.C, that will start in January. There, she will oversee residence life, student health services, disability support, the counseling center and student conduct — among other areas.
Known best by students for her Wellness Walks and emails regarding cultural appropriation near Cinco De Mayo, Garbuio has been involved in the creation of many staples at GU. Since arriving on campus in 2013, Garbuio has created the Center for Cura Personalis, developed the Resolution Center for Student Conduct and Conflict, spearheaded the expansion of living learning communities such as the floors in Coughlin and created the First Year Experience Program.
Garbuio previously held the title of vice president for student development, which changed to associate provost for student development after Gonźalez was hired in the spring.
In the email, Gonźalez noted that,"we will have time to organize some celebrations before her departure."
She also said that the university will launch a national search for Garbuio's replacement, as well as announce an interim associate provost to take over her duties until a permanent replacement is found.