Marquette University News Release

Marquette Board of Trustees selects presidential search committee

October 3, 2013

Marquette University’s Board of Trustees announced the full search committee for Marquette’s 24th president today. The presidential search committee will be chaired by John Ferraro, Bus Ad ’77, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and global chief operating officer at Ernst & Young.

The presidential search committee members are:

• John Ferraro, Bus Ad ’77, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, chair of the presidential search committee, global chief operating officer at Ernst & Young
• Patricia Cervenka, director of the Law Library and professor of law
• Dr. William Cullinan, PT ’81, dean of the College of Health Sciences
• Patrick Lawton, Bus Ad ’78, Grad ’80, Trustee, managing director, fixed income capital markets group, Robert W. Baird & Co.
• Dr. Arnold Mitchem, Grad ’81, Trustee, retired president, Council for Opportunity in Education
• Rev. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., Trustee, professor of education at Boston College
• Dr. Janis Orlowski, Eng ’78, Trustee, chief operating officer and chief medical officer, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
• Owen Sullivan, Arts ’79, Trustee, retired CEO of Right Management, Jefferson Wells, and president of specialty brands, ManpowerGroup

“The opportunity to help choose Marquette’s 24th president is a historic and exciting honor,” Ferraro said on behalf of the search committee. “We are committed to ensuring this search process is inclusive and representative of the perspectives of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, which will ensure we choose the best candidate to lead Marquette forward.”

This is the first search in Marquette’s history to include a dean and a faculty member along with Board of Trustees members. The committee also includes deep academic leadership experience in Mitchem, who was formerly a faculty member in Marquette’s history department and director of the Educational Opportunity Program; Father O’Keefe, who is a professor of education at Boston College and a former dean of the college’s Lynch School of Education; and Orlowski, who served as associate vice president and executive dean of Rush University Medical School in Chicago.

A permanent president is expected to be in place for the 2014-15 academic year. Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., will lead the university as interim president until August 2014, the university announced last week. Father Wild, who served as president of Marquette from 1996 to 2011, will take over for Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., who announced his resignation on Sept. 20, to pursue other apostolic opportunities and care for his ailing parents.

The university also announced last week that Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, interim provost and dean of the College of Nursing, will continue in her role as interim provost until a provost search can be completed under a permanent president.

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