Message from President Michael R. Lovell to the Marquette community – March 24, 2016

Dear Marquette community,

At last week’s University Academic Senate meeting, members of the Senate asked that I provide an update to the campus community regarding the status of Associate Professor John McAdams. As many of you know, over the past several months our university has been carefully reviewing Professor McAdams’ actions toward one of our graduate students. This review followed the shared governance rules and processes set forth by the Academic Senate for the very rare occasion where a faculty member’s conduct may require the university to consider taking action.

Following the faculty statutes, a Faculty Hearing Committee made up of seven of Professor McAdams’ peers conducted a hearing over a period of four days last September. The committee consisted of a diverse set of tenured faculty members from different academic disciplines. After months of deliberations, the committee issued a thorough 123-page report to my office in January regarding Professor McAdams’ actions.  It is noteworthy to mention that the report provided a unanimous recommendation on a path forward regarding the issue under consideration.

Today, I want you to know that after significant personal deliberation, I have decided to formally implement the Faculty Hearing Committee’s unanimous recommendation. While I cannot provide specific details of the recommendation because it relates to a personnel matter, I can assure you that my decision has been guided by Marquette University’s values and is solely based on Professor McAdams’ actions, and not political or ideological views expressed in his blog.

In closing, I want to sincerely thank the seven faculty members who served on the Faculty Hearing Committee.  They provided substantial service to the university through their extremely thorough, objective and diligent approach throughout this process.


Dr. Michael R. Lovell
Marquette University