Marquette University, a private, coeducational, Catholic, Jesuit institution in Milwaukee, seeks an enthusiastic and visionary academic leader to serve as Provost. As the chief academic officer, the Provost will lay the pathway for a new academic vision for the university within the rich tradition of Catholic, Jesuit liberal arts education.
Marquette’s mission is the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others. The university aims to graduate students who are transformed by their education and who, in turn, will transform the world.
Marquette enjoys steady and strong enrollment, with the current limit set at approximately 11,800 students: about 8,300 undergraduates (2,000 freshmen), 2,200 graduate students, and 1,250 professional students (dental, education, health sciences, law and nursing); students come from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Founded in 1881, Marquette is one of 28 Catholic, Jesuit universities in the United States and is the largest private university in Wisconsin. Marquette’s attractive 93-acre campus on the edge of Milwaukee’s downtown is home to a highly collegial community with more than 1,200 faculty members.
The university has 12 academic divisions: Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business Administration; J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Health Sciences; College of Nursing; College of Professional Studies; Graduate School; Graduate School of Management; School of Dentistry; and Law School. As an institution committed to both teaching and research, Marquette offers undergraduate programs in 155 majors and minors, in addition to 60 master’s and doctoral programs. Marquette is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which reaffirmed the university’s accreditation in 2014.
Marquette ranks 75th in the 2014 edition of America's Best Colleges, released by U.S. News & World Report. Among its peers, Marquette is distinguished for its emphasis on connecting academic excellence and service to others, which is intrinsic to a Catholic, Jesuit education. Marquette also prides itself on maintaining a student retention rate eight percentage points higher than the national average for private, non-profit colleges and universities, with approximately 90 percent of students returning for their sophomore year.
Marquette University stands at an exciting crossroads in its history. The Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Michael R. Lovell as Marquette's 24th President in March, 2014. The next Provost will work with the President to lead campus in implementation of the new university strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries: Setting the Course for Marquette's Future. To succeed in this role, the Provost must serve as an intellectual leader for the Marquette community, a standard bearer for the vision of how the university’s academic work can benefit the greater good. Recognizing the educational challenges of the 21st century, the Provost will: be the chief advocate and leader of the academic mission; develop a cohesive academic management and leadership team that will execute the strategic plan; promote academic excellence for human well-being with a focus on research in action; set university priorities for budgeting, resource allocation and fundraising in support of the academic mission; recruit, retain, and develop an increasingly distinguished faculty; grow and strengthen Marquette’s diverse and inclusive community.
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals and curriculum vitae with cover letter should be submitted online.
Julie Filizetti is leading this search with Lindsay Gold and Jennifer Tsang.
Marquette University affirms its longstanding commitment to the principle of equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin. Marquette affirms its commitment to the principle of affirmative action and its commitment to abide by state regulations and federal laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity.