SPOKANE, Wash. – Father Frank Case, S.J., has been named vice president for mission and has begun serving as Gonzaga University’s chief mission officer and President Thayne McCulloh’s chief adviser for Jesuit and Catholic institutional identity.
President McCulloh said Fr. Case – an experienced administrator and respected theologian, economist, and scholar – will bring a dynamic new dimension to Gonzaga’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,” President McCulloh said.
Fr. Case succeeds Fr. Pat Lee, S.J. (2005-08), and Fr. Steve Hess, S.J., (interim, 2009-10).
Fr. Case brings deep experience in Jesuit governance, having served as U.S. regional assistant at the Jesuit Curia in Rome (1990-2005), and as general secretary of the Society of Jesus (2005-08). Before that, he was provincial of the Oregon Province (1986-90). Since 2008, he was the Jesuit assistant for the schools of business and law at Seattle University, and has served as a Gonzaga Trustee since late 2008.
A primary responsibility for Fr. Case is ensuring Gonzaga’s faculty and staff advance their understanding of Gonzaga’s mission and their roles in fulfilling it.
Fr. Case entered the Society of Jesus in 1956 and was ordained in 1969. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, master’s degrees in economics and sacred theology, and a Ph.D. in economics. Fr. Case also served as a tenured professor at Seattle University (1975-86) and participated in the last three General Congregations of the Society of Jesus.