Father Lingan, who served as President of Gonzaga on an interim basis following the untimely death of Allen Novotny, S.J., thanked the members of Gonzaga’s Board of Trustees as well as Rev. Robert M. Hussey, S.J., Provincial of the Maryland Province, for his appointment.
“I pray that I serve the school and all who love Gonzaga in a way that reflects well the confidence and hope this appointment suggests. I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to return and serve Gonzaga, and to begin doing so in the year Gonzaga recognizes and celebrates her Bicentennial.”
While his education, deep experience in school administration, and previous roles in the Society have uniquely qualified him for this appointment, his Gonzaga “credentials” are unrivaled. In addition to being an alumnus and former Interim President, he taught at Gonzaga in the early 90’s, served for many years on the Gonzaga Board of Trustees, and has been honored by his Alma Mater as the Gonzaga Alumni Man of the Year, and as recipient of both the St. Aloysius Medal and the Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Service Award (now the Father Novotny Service Award). Click here to view his full curriculum vitae
or here to read a tribute on the occasion of his receipt of Gonzaga Alumni Man of the Year Award
In the annoucement, Board Chairman Michael Tierney ‘70 elaborated on the process undertaken by the Board of Trustees that resulted in his selection. “As Gonzaga enters its third century of forming men for others, the Board was committed to selecting a President embodying the criteria most highly valued by the Gonzaga community. When Fr. Lingan was made available by the Province for consideration, we recognized it as an exceptional opportunity. Our subsequent due diligence convinced us that we were highly unlikely to find anywhere in the country an individual who better represents those criteria. St. Ignatius and God have indeed smiled on Gonzaga.”
Father Lingan currently serves as the Retreat Director at the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He will remain in that role until assuming his responsibilities at Gonzaga following the 2020-21 school year. We look forward to opportunities to begin re-introducing him to the Gonzaga community over the course of the coming year before his official start in the summer of 2021.