For Release: March 09, 2011
Marylhurst University President Judith Johansen has named Father Rick Ganz, SJ as vice president for community relations.
Since March 2009, Ganz has served as a special assistant to Johansen, assisting her in building community relationships and service connections with other colleges, businesses and churches in the Portland area. He also teaches periodic courses in the university's religious studies and business departments.
Ganz has served on the Marylhurst University Board of Trustees since 2004. He will resign as a trustee to take on his new role at the university, with expanded responsibilities for planning and enhancing community visibility, and strengthening Marylhurst's connections with both religious and secular organizations.
"I'm very pleased that Father Ganz has agreed to remain at Marylhurst and build on the important relationships he has created with the many constituents we serve," said Johansen. "He is very well positioned to help our community partners better understand our university's mission, and how it has evolved from serving solely young women to providing educational opportunities for serious, multigenerational learners who are seeking a values-rich higher education experience."
A member of the Oregon Province of Jesuits since 1973, Ganz has served as a teacher and administrator at the high school and university level. Prior to coming to Marylhurst, he was the director of university ministry at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He also has taught at Seattle University, and served as a teacher and administrator at Jesuit High School in Portland.
In addition to his Marylhurst responsibilities, Ganz is the spiritual director at Mount Angel Seminary, and serves on the boards of ChristieCare and Fast Friends, a scholarship program within Friends of the Children.
About Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore. on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. More than 1,900 students earn degrees on campus and online. Marylhurst offers 20 undergraduate degrees, 9 graduate degrees and 13 professional certificates, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies to prepare students as interdisciplinary thinkers and ethical leaders.