Marquette organizes search committee to find new athletic director

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:15 pm

Marquette University has formed a search committee to oversee the appointment of a new vice president and director of athletics, a position the Milwaukee school hopes to fill by the end of the fall semester.

Currently, Bill Cords is serving as interim vice president and director of athletics. Cords, who headed Marquette’s athletics programs from 1987 to 2006, took over for Larry Williams following his resignation from the leadership post last December.

In a letter that Marquette University President Michael Lovell, Ph.D., wrote to the campus community earlier this month, he announced that Bill Henk, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education, will chair the search committee for a new vice president and director of athletics. Henk has been a dean and a professor of literacy at Marquette for the past 10 years.

The committee is also comprised of Marquette faculty members Sarah Bonewits Feldner, Ph.D., associate professor of communication studies; Richard Jones, Ph.D., professor of social and cultural sciences and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative; Danielle Josetti, associate athletics director, compliance; Dr. Carolyn Smith, executive director, Marquette University Medical Clinic; Todd Smith, director of sports performance; and Owen Sullivan, a member of the Marquette University Board of Trustees and a retired executive of Right Management, Jefferson Wells, and ManpowerGroup Specialty Brands.

The search is beginning this summer with help from the executive search firm Korn Ferry and a website created specifically for the recruiting process.

Lovell’s recent letter also addressed the search for a university provost and for a dean of the College of Business Administration. Marquette plans to launch its search for a provost at the start of the school year, with John Su, Ph.D., professor of English, director of the University Core of Common Studies, and member of the University Academic Senate, serving as chair of the process.

The pursuit of a dean of the College of Business Administration will take flight about a month after the search for a new provost begins so that the provost can weigh in on the selection, Lovell wrote. Michael Akers, Ph.D., professor and chair of accounting, and Joseph Daniels, Ph.D., professor and chair of economics, will co-chair the search committee for the business school’s new dean.

Currently, Margaret Faut Callahan, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing, is serving as interim provost of the university. Mark Eppli, Ph.D., is Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration.

Additionally, Marquette is in the process of establishing a search committee to replace Robert Bishop, Ph.D., former dean of the College of Engineering. Bishop resigned earlier this month to become dean of the University of South Florida’s College of Engineering. Kristina Ropella, Ph.D., executive associate dean, is filling in as interim dean during the leadership transition.

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