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Board of Trustees Elects New Members: Gee, Jesuit Revs. Graham, McGarry, and Reese

Posted on February 13, 2012 in: @Gonzaga, Academics, Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students

(From left) Gonzaga University's new Trustees: Theresa Gee, Rev. Michael Graham, S.J., Rev. John P. McGarry, S.J., and Rev. Edward Reese, S.J.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s Board of Trustees, Gonzaga’s policy-making body, has elected the following new members to four-year terms: Theresa Gee, Post Falls, Idaho; Rev. Michael Graham, S.J., president of Xavier University, Cincinnati; and Rev. Edward Reese, S.J., president of Brophy College Preparatory school, Phoenix. In addition, Rev. John P. McGarry, S.J., former provincial of the California Province of the Society of Jesus (2005-11), was named a Trustee by Gonzaga’s Board of Members.

Theresa Gee, co-owner of George Gee Automotive Group, earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Gonzaga in 2005. She served on Gonzaga’s Board of Regents from 2005-2011 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Spokane YWCA and the Mark Rypien Foundation. She is a committee member of Coaches vs. Cancer, and is a trained hospice volunteer chaplain.

Michael Graham, S.J., Xavier’s 34th president, earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Michigan in 1983, a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology in 1988, and holds degrees in philosophy and psychology. Since becoming Xavier’s president in 2001, he refreshed its Jesuit tradition of serving society by educating students intellectually, morally and spiritually. Under his leadership, Xavier has established an academic vision, increased the number of full-time students, enhanced interdisciplinary study, and expanded academic service-learning and study abroad. First as Xavier’s vice president for university relations and then as executive assistant to the president, Rev. Graham oversaw a broad range of activities, including a $125 million capital campaign, the most ambitious and successful fundraising campaign in Xavier’s history at the time.

John P. McGarry, S.J., grew up in Los Angeles in a large traditional Irish-Catholic family. As a student at Loyola High School, he was impressed by the Jesuits’ dedication, their care for the individual, and how they celebrated life together. He entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1981. He studied philosophy at Loyola University, New Orleans and completed his bachelor’s degree at Gonzaga in 1986. From 1986-89, he taught English, Spanish and theology at Brophy College Preparatory school in Phoenix where he also was director of Campus Ministry. Next, he completed a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., and a master’s degree in private school administration from University of San Francisco’s Institute of Catholic Educational Leadership. McGarry was ordained a priest in 1993 and returned to Loyola High School as a theology teacher and director of campus ministry. In 1997, he served as associate principal at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, Calif., and was principal there from 1998-2005.

Edward Reese, S.J., earned a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga in 1967, a master’s degree in philosophy from Gonzaga in 1968, and a master’s degree in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., in 1973. Before coming to Brophy as president in 1996, Reese served as assistant to the president for Jesuit High School in Sacramento, Calif. Before that, he served in a variety of roles for St. Ignatius College Riverview, in Sydney, Australia, Bellarmine College Preparatory school in San Jose, Calif., and Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Among many other professional memberships, Rev. Reese is a member of the Executive Board of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association.

For more information, please contact Gonzaga’s Public Relations Director Mary Joan Hahn at (509) 313-6095.


  1. Posted February 14, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Thanks to Gonzaga University for introducing us with its new Trustees and tracing their backgrounds so detailed. getting familiar with their rich experience can be really inspirational for every member of the university.