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Gonzaga U. Appoints Jesuit Rev. Case as Vice President for Mission

Posted on June 8, 2011 in: @Gonzaga, Academics, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Faith, Parents, Service


SPOKANE, Wash. – Rev. Frank Case, S.J., has been named vice president for mission at Gonzaga University and began his position June 8, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh announced.

“It is a privilege to welcome Father Case to Gonzaga as our new chief mission officer,” President McCulloh said. “I am confident that Father Case, an experienced administrator and respected theologian, economist, and scholar, will bring a dynamic new dimension to the University’s leadership team. He thoroughly understands our mission and the importance Gonzaga places on spirituality in the formation of young women and men for others.”

Rev. Case has extensive experience in governance of the Society of Jesus. He served as regional assistant for the United States at the Jesuit Curia in Rome (1990-2005), and as general secretary of the Society of Jesus (2005-08). Prior to his work in Rome, he served as provincial of the Oregon Province (1986-90).  Since 2008, he has served as the Jesuit assistant for the schools of business and law at Seattle University. In addition, he has served as a Gonzaga Trustee since Dec. 1, 2008.

The vice president for mission serves as the president’s chief adviser on matters related to Jesuit and Catholic institutional identity. A primary responsibility of the position is to ensure Gonzaga’s faculty and staff develop and deepen their understanding of this fundamental aspect of Gonzaga’s mission and their roles in fulfilling it.

Rev. Case entered the Society of Jesus in 1956 and was ordained as a priest in 1969, following studies at St. Louis University and Alma College in Los Gatos, Calif. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in economics, both from St. Louis University, Rev. Case holds a master’s degree in sacred theology from Santa Clara University (1970), and a Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis (1980). Rev. Case served as a tenured assistant and associate professor of economics at Seattle University (1975-86). He has participated in each of the last three General Congregations of the Society of Jesus and numerous national and international meetings.

Rev. Case succeeds Rev. Pat Lee, S.J., who held the position from 2005-08, and Rev. Steve Hess, S.J., who held the position on an interim basis during the 2009-10 academic year.

For more information, please contact Mary Joan Hahn, Gonzaga’s director of public relations, at (509) 313-6095 or via e-mail.

Gonzaga University offers 75 undergraduate programs of study, 25 Master’s degrees, a Ph.D. in leadership studies and a juris doctorate in law.

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