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Spitzer officially steps down as Gonzaga president

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SPOKANE, Wash. - After 11 years as the president of Gonzaga University, Robert Spitzer has officially stepped down. Spitzer announced his intention to step down in March 2008.

When Rev. Spitzer arrived at Gonzaga in July 1998, the university was experiencing financial difficulties. He set a course of action that not only restored financial stability, but propelled the university to its best financial health in its 120 years. 

The Gonzaga University Board of Trustees appointed Thayne M. McCulloh interim president at Gonzaga. McCulloh has served the University for nearly 19 years in various administrative and academic capacities.

He will serve as interim president until a search for a highly qualified and available Jesuit candidate results in the appointment of a permanent successor to Spitzer.

During Rev. Spitzer's tenure as president, Gonzaga's enrollment has increased from 4,507 to 6,923, and the aptitude of the university's incoming freshmen has steadily increased from averages of 3.54 GPA/1159 SAT score, to 3.72/1192.

Cash contributions have increased from $5.8 million to $15.4 million annually. He has overseen campus construction of projects totaling more than $200 million, including seven academic facilities designed to enhance the teaching experience.

Another $75 million in projects are in the planning stages. The annual budget has increased from $73 million to $180 million. Recently, Rev.

Spitzer has engaged with the Gonzaga community to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that will guide the university through 2012. 

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